I'd like to share with our friends in Community a very nice tour I did in Belfast recently.
It's called Street Art Walking Tour, and as the name says, it's focused on some of the beautiful wall paintings that can be found in the city.
The tour lasted 2 hours and it's organised by SeedheartArts
, and guided by actual street artists.
The meeting point, Commercial Court, it's famous for its red benches and hanging flowers, perfect place to start enjoying Belfast's personality.
The first stop takes you to the Belfast Community Circus School
, where a colourful street art piece matches the activities taking place inside.
Our next stop, it's a very delicate stencil style piece, with the added value of being painted in one of Belfast's characteristics red brick walls, that provides a special texture to the painting.
Another graffiti we came across was this vivid portrait of a Golden Lion Monkey, an endangered species that the artist created using his tag name as the monkey's mane.
And just in front, a bright galaxy landscape catched my eye.
Can someone tell us where else in Belfast did this artist paint a similar galaxy mural? ;)
We even saw an octopus and fish during the tour!
An interesting piece took advantage of the architecture and was the perfect canvas for a crocodile.
This piece, one of my favourites during the tour, was very intriguing. That look in her face....
We also saw how street art pieces can be very useful to business owners, as it will serve as a distinguishing feature for the shop, like in this case, where the kid in the painting is holding a rod in the shutter of a fishing gear shop.
And some of the newest additions to Belfast's street art collection, the ones found in the entries running between High street and Ann street, had many different styles and sizes. I only took pictures of a few of them, does anybody saw any other pieces during their visit?
To finish our fantastic tour, we came back to the cathedral quarter and appreciate this amazing painting.
Who could say that both sides were done by the same artist?
Thanks to our wonderful guide I discovered many things about the city and its history, so I recommend this tour not only to people interested in art, but also as an original way to visit and know more about Belfast.
I would love to see other Community members favourite's street art piece in Ireland! Any photos?