Dublin is well known for its pubs and its live music, but did you know that it features some amazing street art by world-renowned artists?
Last Saturday we had the chance to join a photowalk that @igersdublin and @instameetdublin organised to see all this art sometimes hidden away in Dublin city centre. And what better way to discover all this talent than by following street artist @el_viz_art?
@el_viz_art took us to the most iconic places and gave us a lot of information about the different artists. It was surprising to hear that some of these pieces of art are more valuable than those by Banksy. Who knew! What might appear as an act of vandalism, or just a wall covered in graffiti by an over-happy teenager, may in fact be a commissioned piece of art created to highlight a certain cause or issue in modern-day Ireland.
One of the most interesting places that we visited is the Tivoli Theatre car park, fully covered in stunning street art, and featuring the work of several artists. All the art here was created during the annual “All City Jam”, which All City Records organise since 2008, and changes regularly. Make sure you visit this space asap, since it will soon become a hotel and all the paintings will be gone. Tip: visit it on a Sunday, when the car park is closed and hence free of cars.
Another location worth a visit is Francis Street. One of the most surprising things that we learnt during our tour was how limited the lifespan of this art can be. When searching Google you can see the same street painted in many different ways, so, if you like what you see, don’t leave it until it’s too late! Some streets and alleyways change their look more often than the weather changes in Ireland.
Temple Bar, one of the most touristic areas, also has some fantastic examples of street art. Don’t overlook it!
As you can see, we had a fantastic day and we learnt so much from @el_viz_art. Thanks again to Sofía from @igersdublin for organising this.
If you want to see more from this photowalk, watch this cool video a guy we met that day created: