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Outdoor wall murals: Meet the artists turning people’s gardens into their canvas

Since the pandemic, homeowners have been seeking a source of colour and inspiration for their gardens with murals instead of flowers and plants, and the transformative power has paid dividends

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Síne Kelly and Connie Leahy with their children Aoileann (4) and Éile (2) who love their back garden mural by artist James Kirwan. Photo: Mark Condren

Síne Kelly and Connie Leahy with their children Aoileann (4) and Éile (2) who love their back garden mural by artist James Kirwan. Photo: Mark Condren

Síne Kelly and Connie Leahy with their children Aoileann (4) and Éile (2) who love their back garden mural by artist James Kirwan. Photo: Mark Condren

When you’re perched in your backyard, or find yourself whiling away the hours in your front garden, what do your eyes reach for? Is it flower beds or unwelcome weeds, neatly trimmed lawns or large slabs of concrete?

Up until recently, many of us took our outdoor spaces for granted, dedicating TLC to our interiors while allowing those ever-present Irish clouds to cast their shadow over our gardens. Our intentions may be good, but the space surrounding our homes tend to become something of an afterthought.


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