Waterford Walls

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Waterford Walls is a visual Street Art project in Waterford City, Ireland. Irish and International street artists and talented school students transformed old spaces into extended art gallery. The first image is the work of Joe Caslin, a street artist and art teacher from Roscommon who is known for his project “Our Nation’s Sons” – large scale portraits of young men from disadvantaged social backgrounds.

In the image below, a man stopped to touch the surface of the portrait. I will tell you why.  Joe Caslin paintings are done on biodegradable paper,  and will come down within a few weeks.  We are lucky with the weather, and I hope the paintings will last another month.

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Another work of the same artist in Olaf Street. It is sad they won’t stay here too long.

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I went around the city center to look for the other murals. First of all, I visited one of my favorite places in O’Connell Street and was pleased to find an interesting work.

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After that I walked to Stephen Street. This is unused De La Salle Hall built in 1915. I love the new look of it’s facade. As it often happens in life, the facade is the only attractive part…

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More murals in Stephen Street.

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I like this mural  because the girl is holding a camera in her hands.

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It is where the rain started, and I rushed under the roof of a garage. From there I took a picture of a mural and a family with the matching umbrella.

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The rain didn’t last long and I walked to New Street to see the gardens and more murals.

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It was my last destination. There are about twenty murals, very colorful.

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This one is dedicated to Waterford Hospice.

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I stood there waiting for someone to come over and do something amazing, or at least something worth a picture, but there was no one in the gardens, so I just took a snap of the girl and her bees.

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Thank you for walking the streets with me. I know, it is not a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but think about the murals that won’t last longer that a couple of weeks. You have seen them!

This is sort of a similar exposition in 2008.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!

125 comments

    1. Thank you Rob! These walls have no historical importance except the ones with the big portraits. No harm done though – the rain is washing away the painting. I am taking photographs every three days to see how the paper peels off.

      1. Thanks for the pleasure, Inese! Chemainus is a cool place… I was there several years ago and have a photo (somewhere) appearing as if I’d stepped-into one of the murals… Fun stuff 🙂 ♥ ❤

  1. Dear Inese… These murals are stunning!…. The realism in the face of the guy is quite remarkable!…. Thanks so much for sharing!… Great post!. Love and best wishes. Aquileana 😀

    1. Dear Aquileana, thank you for stopping by! I too love the realism of this gigantic face. Pity it started to peel off already. Hope you have a wonderful and productive week! Love and best wishes to you too! 🙂

  2. Stunning photos and what beautiful way to decorate the town. Loved the portrait and the Hall one. Many thanks for the follow, I will enjoy looking around your blog.

  3. Hi Inese! Looks like a lot of people liked the blog post as much as I did. What a great place to be – what creativity in those paintings. Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for taking a walk! 🙂 I too love murals. I don’t mind creative people adding a touch of color and giving new life to our relics. Irish people love colors. They paint their doors and walls in the brightest hues of red, yellow, blue and purple to make up for the lack of sun.

  4. Beautiful. I unfortunately only knew this city as a blur on a bus, so it’s cool to see its transformation one moment at a time. Do you think other cities will take on such a scale of a project? And I do believe the De La Salle Hall must be my favorite–like a brush on spilled ink.

    1. Thank you Jean! Joe Caslin’s murals can be found in Dublin and other bigger cities. He dedicated this project to the less fortunate young men from disadvantaged backgrounds.
      I love the old hall too. It looks like a time traveling portal to me with that vortex for the entrance 🙂

  5. Inese – You’ve treated us to a wonderful walk. I’m overwhelmed by the growth of your blog with the number of followers, not to mention the number that leave comments. You do a magnificent job in putting your blog together and it’s always interesting. Job well done.
    I’ve never heard of mural’s painted on paper before and such splendid murals at that. Even if they weren’t as good as they are, they would still have a sense of urgency about them. Awesome, I say.

    1. Sheri – thank you so much for your kind comment! You know that your Traveling blog was my stepping stone into the blogging world 🙂 This is all thanks to your kind support.
      I am watching the murals, and I have noticed that some parts started to peel off, especially in the places where the wall isn’t smooth. I have never heard of this technique before. Why they are supposed to be such short-living, I don’t know. The other murals will stay a year. There are many more great murals in town.
      Thank you again! Have a good and productive week!
      Inese

  6. There are something about murals that can take my breath away…usually it is the location where I would not expect anything and then to find something incredible there blows me away. Your series here are such shots.

    1. Thank you! There are much more street art works in town. Joe Caslin’s Young man is something special. Joe has his works installed in Dublin and other major cities in Ireland. They are really impressive.

  7. I really enjoyed the various murals. My two favorites were the “set” of gray walls surrounding what seems like visions you would see out windows. Fairly traditional taste. I liked the one for the Waterford Hospice. Beautiful garden, simply lovely, Inese. I am glad you will be going back to check on the fading or wearing away murals.

    1. Thank you so much for taking a walk! I too loved the windows! I don’t know whose work it is, but the one for the Hospice – and actually, all that wall – were painted by Lisa Murphy. I like that the real vines were included in composition 🙂 They say that these works will stay until next summer, but the works of Joe Caslin are short-living, and I will take a picture every 3-4 days until the paper is gone.

  8. Beautiful murals, I love them all! They are showing how arts can be part of public space and part of our daily life..That’s too bad these murals are only temporary…

    1. Thank you for your comment, Indah! I absolutely agree with you! I even changed my route to pass by these huge portraits more often. They are the ones that will fade away. The smaller ones will stay.

  9. What a great project for the community to get involved in. I would love to see the surface of the paper degrading overtime. I wonder if you would be able to get back to photograph the same buildings on multiple occasions during the process? I am assuming of course that they don’t just peel off in sheets.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I am going to take pictures when the mural starts degrading. I was there today but didn’t see any changes. They say, after 6 weeks, but I will wait until the first rain to start recording.

  10. How amazing to see such brilliant art by just walking around Waterford. Such talented artiists! it’s a shame they’re only temporary because they’re so beautiful and colourful. I’ve never heard of murals being painted on biodegradable paper, and suppose it’s a good idea. New ones can so easily replace them, renewing interest int he town all over again. You’ve done a great job in photographing them before they do come down – or get ruined by the rain. Hope the rain holds off for you a little longer. 🙂

      1. I’m sure you will miss them – I know I would. They certainly give Waterford a ‘modern’ and cheery look! It just seems such a waste of time and effort on the artists’ behalf that they should last for such a short time. 🙂

  11. Inese, I love this post!!! What a great project — putting up artwork everywhere, making drab things beautiful. It does seem a shame for something so lovely to be temporary, though. Thanks for sharing this with us! Hugs.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Teagan! They say that this paper lasts up to 6 weeks. Two weeks have already gone. I will take pictures every three days to see the changes.
      Hugs!!!

  12. A fascinating project, Inese. For my Streets of London series I photographed a corner off Portabello Road, featuring a bare wall. Three days later, a new Banksy on the wall, prompted me to photograph it again. Later that day a perspex shield was placed over it.

  13. Wonderful street art Inese. I’m so glad you have a permanent record of it considering it’s short life. I’d hate to be such a great artist and see my work dissolving in the rain.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. David, I too 🙂 Yet, it is only a big copy of a smaller work they still keep in their studio. It is only a matter of paint used for this work 🙂 They can do it again, it is not an improvisation, I guess 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Hugs and best wishes!!!

  14. Waterford’s historic walls and towers are a defining feature of the southeastern city, but more recently the area has also acquired a more troubled name. A new summer festival aims to use one to help restore the other, and to do it through a medium once associated with vandalism: graffiti or, more properly, street art.

    1. Thank you for citing Gemma Tipton, Mihran! Yes, it was a great festival, but I missed it being on holidays. So I walked the route and took photographs since the works are still there, and no more photographers and crowds around 🙂 Thank you for your input! 🙂

  15. They are great works. I like murals or wall arts. There are only a couple of places here. The concept of degradable in few weeks are totally cool. New art works can replace the one very easily.

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