In Louth, Dundalk’s SEEK Urban Art Festival enjoyed its third outing this year. Centred around promoting visual arts in Dundalk while celebrating the area’s history and personalities, the festival invited a host of Irish and international street artists to add their artistic flair to the town’s streetscape.
SEEK Urban Art Festival also enjoys the accolade of having created the country’s tallest mural! Australian artist Sam Bates aka Smug One, painted the impressive 41-metre high mural, depicting the warrior God Lugh (Lú), onto The Crowne Plaza Hotel in September. This dizzying mural also enjoyed the distinction of ranking number four in Street Art Cities‘ monthly Top 10 works from around the world for October.
It’s not just walls and buildings that have enjoyed some spray can make-overs, even the humble electricity box can spark with colour.
That’s what you’ll spot in Galway, thanks to 10 local artists, including Naoise Sheridan, Margaret Nolan and Tracey Moca, who were selected to paint 100 electricity boxes around the city. An appealing touch to the streetscape, their work shows that anything can be a canvas for creativity, even the most functional of installations.
Over in Kerry, a number of projects have been upping the creative ante in The Kingdom. Artist Curtis Hylton’s large-scale mural along the Flesk Cycleway in Killarney brims with biodiverse beauty in its showcase of the flora, fauna and wildlife found in nearby Killarney National Park.
The Listowel Characters project transforms the words of North Kerry poets, writers and songsmiths into arresting typographic murals around the town. So far, artists GW Joyce and Mack Signs – Cormac Dillon and Louise Gardiner – have reimagined quotes from poet Brendan Kennelly and author Maurice Walsh into attention-grabbing gable-end works. With more to come, watch this space!