Hidden Gem

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Here’s INKIE’s (WP | Fb | Web) contribution to this years’ Culture Night Belfast/Hit The North. It is tucked in behind the Arts Resource Centre in Commercial Court.
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Seeing Things

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A pair of 3-dimensional hands by Emic (Fb | Web |Tw)  in Kent Street for 2016’s Culture Night Belfast. Glasses are available in the Sunflower bar across the street.
Below is a shot of Eoin at work on the piece.
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Fun…damental Rights

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Paris street artist KASHINK was in Belfast for Culture Night 2016, working on the fencing in Union Street behind the Sunflower. According to this article, she paints “hairy four-eyed men to examine gender assumptions.”
Visible in the background: CNB13 piece by Malarky.
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Liú Lúnasa

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Liú Lúnasa is an Irish language festival, held this year on 24-28 August. The mural above shows rocks taken from the wall separating Palestine and Israel being used to build a gaelscoil (an Irish-language school). The mural was painted by Jimí Mac Fhlannchadha.
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text: X03817 Nansen St na habair é, dean é. troidimís. dearg le fearg.

We Bleed That The Nation May Live

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Arrayed against the forces of the British Army (which are shown in armoured cars and in sniping positions in the foreground of the mural, along the whole length of the wall) are various symbols of Irish nationalism: Oliver Sheppard‘s 1911 statue of Cuchulainn dying; the pikemen of the 1798 Rebellion (featured yesterday: Éirí Amach 1798); the four provinces of Ireland; Ériu the mythological queen of Ireland/Éire; Easter lilies; the emblems of Fianna Éireann and Cumann na mBan on either side of a quote from (The Mainspring) Sean MacDiarmada “We bleed that the nation may live; I die that the nation may live. Damn your concessions, England: we want our country”; a phoenix rising from the flames of the burning Dublin GPO (inspired by Norman Teeling’s 1998 painting The GPO Burns In Dublin); the GPO flying an ‘Irish Republic’ flag; portraits of signatories and other rebels — (left) Padraig H. Pearse, Thomas J Clarke, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh, (right) Countess Markievicz, James Connolly, Sean MacDiarmada, Thomas Plunkett; the declaration of independence, placed over the advertising box of AA Accountants – see the in-progress shot below. For more work-in-progess images, see yesterday’s post, Éirí Amach 1798. At the very bottom is a quote from Mo Chara’s mother, Harriet Kelly: We want the freedom of our country and your soldiers out.
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Robots In Disguise

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Transformer Megatron is powerless to stop these pigeons from eating up scraps of bread thrown to them on North Street. Work by KrikSix (web) for CNB15.
Replaces Verz’s Psychedelic Dog.
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Pristine Wilderness

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Work by This Is Filth (Fb) in the city centre shows an idyllic scene: a campfire burning beneath a crescent moon over the mountains.
Replaces: Chips & Ketchup
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Replicant Tears

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Work by Dublin-based artist Novice (Jess Tobin (Fb)) for CNB15 in Belfast city centre. Like ADW’s Born To Create mural, it was graffitied soon after being painted – see the final image, below.
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Making Changes

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The history of music is told (from right to left) in a new mural. The gramophone gives way to the cassette and then to the CD and finally the iPod, with a mic and speakers in the middle. The suggestion, presumably, is that life in east Belfast also changes. From Blaze FX, who also did the Teenage Dreams repaint on the other side of the flyover, and local youths from both Short Strand and Newtownards Road.
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Between The Crosses

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This mural in Carrick has a 3D element: 312 wood poppies were hand-painted and attached to the wall, one for each local man who did not return. By artist Gary Orr. Full shot below.
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text: X02501 X02502 Carrick Council, Boots Chemists, Sandra Pyper Ltd, Rustic Wood, Dalaradia, Gary’s Menswear, Robert Stewart at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them