Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tourists drawn to Belfast's International Wall Murals

Belfast's International Wall on The Falls Road is currently attracting huge crowds of tourists due to two spectacular new murals. Belfast artists Danny Devenny, Mikey Doherty and Mark Ervine who are part of The Liverpool Mural Project have once again shown the world the standard and quality of work that they can produce within this artistic medium.
One of the murals in question is the artists own interpretation of Picasso's famous Guernica painting. The original of which depicts the aftermath of the German bombing of the Basque village of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. The artists were recently invited to view the original Picasso painting, which hangs in the Reina Sofia gallery in Madrid before undertaking work on their own version in Belfast.
In an interview with Allison Morris for The Irish News, Mr Devenny and Mr Ervine said it was inspiring to see Picasso's 'Guernica' and that gave them a grasp for what they were taking on.
"We have both believed in this project from the start and the positive reaction we have been getting from local people and tourists, has helped to reinforce that." Danny Devenny
"What was a complex and disturbing portrayal of war has since become a symbol of peace, something we can fully relate to in Northern Ireland." Mark Ervine
The second Mural is an excellent tribute to the volunteers of the International Brigades who went to fight against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War between 1936 - 1939.

Speaking at the official unvieling, West Belfast MP, Gerry Adams described the murals as eloquent, moving, inspirational pieces of political art.
"The representation of Picasso s Guernica reproduced here is a potent reminder of the savagery of war and the obscenity of fascism. Everyone involved in this piece of work are to be commended for one of the most potent political murals to be produced in a long time."

The TLMP is extremely privileged and excited to have these artists on board, and these latest murals once again show the kind of quality on offer to Liverpool during it’s 2008 Celebrations.

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