Keep an eye out for these while you’re about town.
Ardú Street Art has returned to the streets of Cork for their 2023 edition, as the artists take their positions to create the first of three new large-scale murals for the city.
The first mural, currently a work in progress on the corner of Bridge Street and Coburg Street, has been designed as a collaboration between co-organisers of Ardú Shane O’Driscoll and Peter Martin.
Shane, a visual artist, has painted in a number of street art festivals throughout the country and already has two large scale murals under his belt here in Cork City.
Peter Martin works predominantly in public art and creates large-scale figurative artwork in mediums such as murals, tiled mosaics, and stained glass.
The duo’s mural design commemorates Tomás MacCurtain: “A man that contributed so much not only to the revolution in Ireland and Cork over 100 years ago, but also for his contribution to arts and culture in the city.”
Met Shane & Toby of Ardú Street Art up the street.
A painting of our 1st Republican Lord Mayor Tomás Mac Curtain playing the fiddle [a well known musician in this neighbourhood] murdered in front of his family by Crown Forces March 1920
Check it out here: https://t.co/RQ6K9M1RWq pic.twitter.com/dkX3HoA4d8
— Conal Creedon (@ConalCreedon) August 15, 2023
The piece is the culmination of a project with Transition Year students from St. Angela’s and Christian Brothers College.
Two more murals are set to appear in the city for Ardú 2023 in the coming weeks.