Gregorio Richter has a much more elaborate act he’d like to perform, but language barriers and unfamiliarity with how things work here have stymied him.
Although it’s only nine years old, since so many former street-art hotspots have been lost to new development, it’s one of the oldest street murals in the city.
Anthony Freeman’s moss art, which can be seen around the Oliver Bond flats, is inspired by growth. “People grow, people evolve and this represents them.”
Over the last week or so, James Kirwan has stashed paintings along Dublin’s streets as gifts to strangers. “This is my project to cheer people up,” he says.
“Graffiti is a free-flowing creative output that can exist outside of cultural institutions like art galleries,” says Neil Dunne.
In the last few weeks, James Kirwan has painted the shutters on two premises on Meath Street. Robyn Carey, Sophie Vigne and others have been adding colour to shutters there too.
“Pixo”, which finds its origins in protests against urban inequality in Brazilian cities, has found a familiar canvas on derelict and vacant buildings around the Liberties and the Coombe.
At meetings earlier this week, Dublin city councillors also approved a local area plan for Cherry Orchard, and discussed about how to tackle illegal parking on Montpelier Hill.
“We have to find a legal way of doing it,” said City Arts Officer Ray Yeates. But “the partnership process is full of potential”.
There is a case for the City Art’s Office to take a lead role in the debate, says Labour Councillor Rebecca Moynihan.