The three-storey mural above is in Ballysillan and replaced a UVF mural when it was added in 2011. The mural is the work of Jim Russell, shown below at Arts For All where he is artist-in-residence. The information below was … Continue reading →
Here are the three right-most panels from Ciaran Gallagher’s “Upstairs” in the Dark Horse/Duke Of York courtyard: On the left, a young (and left-handed) Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol images himself as a future rock star as he plays the broom, beneath an Undertones sign, “Teenage dreams, so hard to beat”, reflected in the mirror. (Drummer Jonny Quinn worked at Good Vibrations as a youth.) In the middle, a mature Rory McIlroy relives a moment from age nine, when he appeared on the Gerry Kelly show on UTv and chipped balls into a washing machine. And finally, Carl “The Jackal” Frampton lets out a roar himself up after beating Spaniard Kiko Martinez to become IBF world super-bantamweight champion in September 2014. He defends his title this Saturday (2015-02-28). In the attic: Deep Throat, not the Watergate scandal but the porno, both 1972.
See previously: Fifty Shades Of Belfast, featuring The Fall (from television) and Romper Room (not from television).
The plaque above was unveiled on the 40th anniversary of the death of Martha Campbell, on May 14th, 2012. Campbell was the last person to die in the protracted gunfire that followed the bombing of Kelly’s Bar in Ballymurphy on the 13th. UVF gunmen are attributed the killing by McKittrick (186), but no one has officially taken responsibility for the death (WP). A tribute site exists on-line, which maintains that the bullet came from Henry Taggart rather than Springmartin.
“Show no mercy and expect none”. Iron Maiden’s Eddie the trooper, armed with an assault rifle and carrying a UDA flag, leads the grim reaper over the graves of “G. Adams”, “McGuinness” and “A. Maskey”. UDA/UFF mural in Carrickfergus.
South Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force 2nd Battalion “A” Company Donegall Pass, with the flag of England (St. George’s Cross) in one corner and in the other an orange star with “1912” written below, the year the Ulster Volunteers were founded. The colour-scheme is the reverse of the Orange Order’s: its flag has the St. George’s cross in the top-right, with a purple star of the Williamites on an orange field.
This new roadside memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division in WWI, of wooden crosses on white stone along with a board on the wall above, has appeared on the Shore Road, across from Seaview, home of Crusaders FC, the Hatchet Men. Click and … Continue reading →
Patrick Devlin mashes-up the scratched-up Mr. Lee (from Bruce Lee’s final movie, Enter The Dragon, 1973) with the jacket-and-tie style of early Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction). On the door of the Red Barn Gallery. Previously: Blowing My Mind.
The Anti-Racism is a seven-a-side soccer tournament held annually at the grounds of Donegal Celtic in west Belfast. East Belfast artist John Stewart painted a mural of east Belfast imagery in 2012, complete with Titanic museum, H & W cranes, Titanic, … Continue reading →
A string of melted cheese from a pizza and the curve of the stem of a pipe together form an arc in this new work by Kev Largey (tw | Fb) on the rear fence of the Sunflower. Also at the Sunflower: No Topless Bathing … Continue reading →
Monkstown WWI mural in four quadrants showing the emblem of the 36th (Ulster) Division, a soldier at the cross in the Thiepval Cemetery, soldiers feeding a belt of ammunition into a Vicker’s machine gun, and others loading a Stokes mortar.