Hop on, hop off tourist buses, rushing to work, running for the bus, rushing to class, social media on your phone, listening to music, sunglasses, talking on the phone, umbrellas, hats, rushing to an appointment, time.
I am new in this city, but I can understand why so many of us miss the free art that is offered to us every day on the streets of Dublin. So when I got tired of the tourist attractions, I thought to myself what better way is there to explore the city than to get lost in the narrow streets and the small back alleys. I want to see the city from another perspective, not just from the rooftop of a red bus.
So with my camera around my neck I went outside and just walked around with my eyes open, my phone in my pocket and with no place to be. I stumble upon some seriously impressive art and was kind of overwhelmed with the amount of Graffiti and street art in every shape and size in the small back alleys.
Street art has long been associated with vandalism, because not all Graffiti is meant to be beautiful, some do it to destroy. But things are changing. Graffiti and street art seem to be the buzzwords of the decade. The art on the walls are not that different from ‘real’ art, it has the potential to evoke both political and social sentiments. The Street Art can be beautiful, and it can have a meaning. But the art is not timeless; it’s painted on borrowed space only for so long. One day it is there, the next day it is not.
In the countryside where I am from the free art comes in the form of mountains, fjords, blossoming flowers, birds singing and sometimes the northern lights. In the city the free art comes in a shape of statues, important buildings, people and sometimes colorfully painted walls. It is free to look at the art on the walls, which is extra convenient if you are a student like me.
I am still new in this city but my little stroll through the narrow streets made me look at the city a little differently. So maybe you want to do the same, and it might just make you look at your city a little differently as well.
I made a Dublin Street Art Gallery below of some of my favorite pieces so far. Click the photo to enlarge, click the arrows to navigate and enjoy!