Saturday 25 March 2017

Writing is on the wall as street art thrives

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

THEY are the ultimate illustration of our economic crisis.

Since the economy crashed, street art is booming in this country -- and the anger being felt on the street is now right on the walls.

Satirical stencils, thought-provoking paste-ups, beautiful murals and anti-establishment art installations have been popping up on the closed shops and vacant sites left by the recession.

Now a new book documents the work of these urban artists in towns and cities all over Ireland.

"The hardest part was tracking down the artists responsible. It was quite difficult but with the help of websites like Flickr, they got in contact and spoke to us about their work," Lauren Teeling, co-author of 'A Visual Feast -- Irish Street Art', told the Irish Independent.

As much of the art is illegal, done on buildings and walls without the owners' permission, the artists responsible prefer to be known under aliases which include ADW, Asbestos, Fink, Gene, Lamps, and X?r.

"The majority of street artists are educated, male and over 30," said the book's other compiler, Rua Meegan. "Many of them have a political message they want to communicate. They've tried distributing leaflets but feel street art is a far more effective way of communicating their message."

Irish Independent

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