The Power of Color – Streetart around the world Part I: Dublin, Ireland

I am fascinated by streetart. I am fascinated by the fact that there are people out there who can paint the most beautiful paintings, sometimes in the matter of minutes, with a message that makes all of the spectators think. I am fascinated by the cities that are so colorful that you don’t even know where to look first. And on top of that, those cities don’t even know how picturesque they are.

Today, I want to introduce you to a city I was able to call home for a bit: Dublin. People might not think of Dublin when they are thinking about the best street art cities around, but it still has great art around that shouldn’t be missed. And great artists.

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The marriage referendum in Ireland was a very big deal in May 2015: It finally became legal for same-sex couples to get married. Some parts of the campaign for it can still be found around the streets of Dublin.

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Temple Bar is full of interesting, colorful street art.

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Not only the backyard of Bernard Shaw, a pub named after an Irish playwright, who won a Nobel Prize in 1939, but also the whole building is decorated with great art.

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This is not “really” in Dublin, but in Dalkey, a small town not too far from Dublin, that you can easily reach by Dart.

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I can’t say for sure, but I am positive, that this piece of art also popped up throughout the marriage referendum vote. And even though I could argue about Bambi being gay, I kind of like the look and message of it.

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Those two pieces are hidden, where people normally don’t walk around. They can be found just off Thomas Street, the street that eventually leads to the Guiness Storehouse.

As you can see, Dublin has more street art to offer than people would probably think. It’s a wonderfully colorful city, that shouldn’t be missed when you’re on the hunt for great streetart.

And if you are interested in the Irish street art scene and its artists, maybe you should check out my friend’s documentary she made for our MA course here:

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