Best pieces of Dublin street art (map)

Ivona Poljak

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If you are a lover of street art, Dublin City Centre is the right place for you.

 

Like all other art movements, street art was breaking the rules of beauty, conception, and space. Since cavemen and women left their marks in caves of Altamira, and Roman citizens expressed their dissatisfaction with oppressive emperors, graffiti have become an essential part of modern life, especially in Dublin

Urban jungles with their concrete walls provided great new channels for artists to express themselves all over the world. Dublin street art scene is constantly improving, with many famous street artists such as Maser, Joe Caslin and Solus decorating old and gray corners of this beautiful town.

Disturbing the comfortable, short documentary on street art in Dublin

 

While making this short documentary, I had the privilege to talk to many well-known and amateur street artists. They all had their vision of where street art should be and how it should represent our society. However, they all agreed that it is an important social commentary, often personal but applicable to every individual that has ever feel trapped in this modern world.

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The map above shows the places in Dublin where you can find some high-class street art. Some unfortunately gone, like Joe Caslin’s mural that served its purpose of fueling reaction during the gay marriage referendum. Or Maser’s mural to repeal the 8th amendment that was removed. Despite their disappearance, George’ street and Temple Bar are still home to aesthetically beautiful and thought-provoking street art.

Celtic tiger graffiti in Temple Bar/ Still from the documentary Disturbing the Comfortable
Celtic tiger graffiti in Temple Bar/ Still from the documentary Disturbing the Comfortable

Bernard Shaw

Besides having an amazing beer garden, excellent DJs, and an even better crowd, Bernard Shaw has a variety of street art, decorating its interior and exterior. At least once a month the wall outside Bernard Shaw is painted with new graffiti. Those are often depicting current events, David Bowie’s death, 1916 commemoration etc.

Pretty sure Bambi was gay, street art at Bernard Shaw/ Still from the documentary Disturbing the Comfortable
Pretty sure Bambi was gay, street art at Bernard Shaw/ Still from the documentary Disturbing the Comfortable

Tivoli Car Park

Located just next to District 8, Tivoli Car Park has long been a center of street art in Dublin. Some of the graffiti are there for years and some are constantly changing. There is no doubt Tivoli Car Park is the right place to be if you’re in the mood for something you haven’t seen on the streets already. If you’re heading to Tivoli, you’ll find the famous Stop Wars graffiti that’s an amazing addition to a lively area of Dublin 8.

Stop Wars street art on Francis Street/ Still from the documentary Disturbing the Comfortable
Stop Wars street art on Francis Street/ Still from the documentary Disturbing the Comfortable

If you are willing to dedicate an afternoon for a street art hunt in the city centre, use this map as your guide. Along the way, you will find more interesting pieces, not just on the walls, but on the pavements, electricity boxes etc. So keep your eyes open, and take some great pictures of the vibrant graffiti culture in Dublin.

You can also check Bernard Shaw’s event page for any street art related events where you can meet street artists, buy their prints, and watch them work.

 

 

 

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Ivona Poljak