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The Writing's On The Wall
The Irish graffiti scene is part of a vast international subculture with its own brotherhood and traditions. Monica Heck meets a couple of Irish practitioners, RASK and A.K.A.CRAP...
Monica Heck, 12 Sep 2012
One of the most culturally significant projects on this island in recent years is the Peace Wall in Belfast which started in 2009, with the wall separating two communities being turned into an art gallery – encompassing street art and graffiti – and slowing down traffic on the road, much to the delight of the locals.
“I have strong links to Belfast and they’re very open to murals,” RASK says, “but youth workers realised that the imagery being put on these walls is not good for kids to see. A couple of people took some brave moves to get us guys in to do some cross-community murals and repaint some of the partisan murals. We ended up negotiating to do the mile-long road that separates the Springfield Road from the Shankill Road.”
Who’d have predicted it: graffiti artists helping to heal historic dvides?
“For us, aside from the history and location, as a wall surface it’s unbelievable,” RASK states. “It was something that we had to do. For me it was an education to talk to the people. It is historic.”