It makes a huge impact.
Enormous block letters spelling ‘Black Lives Matter End Direct Provision’ have appeared on hoarding on Sullivan’s Quay.
The mural is the latest in a number of demonstrations to take place in Cork in response to the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis in the US after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes during an altercation on the street.
The supersized artwork was painted on the BAM Construction fencing by members of the youth group Climate Youth Artivists, using supplies sponsored by Pat McDonnell Paints.
Feeling really honoured to have been able to paint this wall on Sullivan’s Quay today with my amazing activist friends. Hope it will bring attention to the systemic injustices and racism that runs through the system even today. #EndDirectProvision https://t.co/yZHgTOk04S
— Mira • NO CLIMATE JUSTICE WITHOUT RACIAL JUSTICE (@_mira_h) June 12, 2020
Tweeting some background on the project, The Creativity & Change programme at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design said: “Huge thanks to the heroes at @McDonnellPaints in Cork City for sponsoring the (lots of) paint we used in our mural yesterday.
“They didn’t want any mention, but when we asked if they wanted to be seen to support Black Lives Matter, their response was, ‘Well, they DO MATTER!'”