You might have spotted one already.
Seven brand new murals are underway in the city as part of a new project celebrating Cork’s traditions and history.
Some of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists, including MASER, Shane O’Driscoll, Deirdre Breen, Peter Martin, James Earley, ACHES, and Garreth Joyce, have been enlisted to create works at a number of locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork.
It’s all part of a City Council-funded project called Ardú – the Irish for ‘Rise’, which is based on a theme of nostalgia and celebration. Over the coming weeks, the murals will appear at Harley’s Street, Wandesford Quay, The Kino, Anglesea Street, Liberty Street, Kyle Street, and Henry Street.
“Myself, and fellow organisers Peter and Paul, believe that street art is the ideal medium for the times we live in.” said co-organiser Shane O’Driscoll.
“We’re delighted to present Ardú to the public, in a safe space where they can interpret the murals outdoors, and at a social distance, from each other. Importantly, these pieces of art will serve to remind people that despite what is going on in the world, creativity and art can still bring communities together.
“At a time when we face shared and personal challenges, each of our artist’s mural is a rallying cry to the city – a call to remember that we have been through terrible times before and we rose up. We can do it again.”
The Ardú Street Art Initiative will continue across Cork city until October 31st.