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Dublin: 10°C Wednesday 12 May 2021

A walking tour of Dublin's street art in 12 striking images

A colourful trek through the city.

THE SIDE OF a building is, for many artists, a primal canvas. Afternoon art crawls are a great way to spend your weekend, especially with most places being within walking distance.

Artists have taken to the streets armed with spray cans and tins of paint to create murals that are political, humorous and culturally relevant for passersby. Their aim is to help people look at their city with fresh eyes.

Here’s a look at some of the street art captivating us right now.

1. SUBSET portrait, Smithfield

SUBSET have dominated the street art scene in Dublin recently, specifically in the Smithfield area. You may have seen their now painted over mural of grime artist Stormzy. Their speciality is photorealistic and provocative portraits of musicians and ordinary folk.

2. SUBSET boy on horse mural, Stirrup Lane

They’re also responsible for this piece which can be found aptly on Stirrup Lane.

3. Spectrum of vibrant tubes, Smithfield

Further into Smithfield, a tangle of vibrant lines make for an extremely Instagrammable background to capture Sunday strolls.

4. Outdoor graffiti gallery, Tivoli Carpark

The carpark beside Tivoli Theatre has become an urban gallery of street art. With a plethora of artistic styles on display there’s something for everyone.

5. May the street art be with you, Francis Street

A short saunter down Francis St and you’ll find Yoda advocating for peace.

6. Portrait of Anne Devlin by Maser, The Liberties

Nestled in the Liberties, friend of Robert Emmett and housekeeper Anne Devlin has been immortalised by Maser.

7. Colourful cinematic scenes, Aungier Street

Venturing up Aungier Street, movie lovers will be particularly fond of this Hitchcock inspired wall art.

8. A blue ode to George Bernard Shaw, Synge Street

To celebrate Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, the artist Fink created this striking piece on Synge Street just across the road from the house he was born.

9. Contemporary still-life, Richmond Street

Beyond the Bernard Shaw is an image of immense detail bringing life to an otherwise drab derelict structure.

10. At swim, two swans, Portobello Harbour

At the canal in Portobello, discover an impressive homage to its steadfast residents, the swans.

11. 3D canvasses, Across the City Centre

Scattered around town are traffic light control boxes that have been given a makeover by several Irish artists. The varied styles transform these otherwise mundane features into works of art.

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12. Decoy’s reclining rouge lady, Peter’s Place

Finally, Decoy’s bold scene of a reclining lady at Peter’s Place merges the aesthetics of Matisse and Warhol on one wall.

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