It is too late to write about this festival, but I wasn’t in the country in August and took my pictures only last week. An artist from Toronto created a mural for this festival, and I am happy to mention one of my favorite blogs Graffiti Lux and Murals that belongs to amazing Resa from Canada. If you want to see breathtaking street art, please visit and follow her blog.
The first two images are the most impressive. Smug One, a Glasgow based artist, created these two photo-realistic works just a block from each other.
Very detailed artwork by AOW, Ireland.
Work by ESTR, Ireland
Blue Tit by Danleo, Ireland, is about to snatch a student 🙂
More works in the New Street Park. I am pretty sure the Fox is created by Brendan Butler, but have no clue who is the author of that Happy Girl mural. Lisa Murphy, may be? Her work was in this exact spot last year.
This is one of my favorite works by Serbian artist Vunik.
Two fantastic murals by London-based artist Louis Masai are dedicated to preservation of wild life. Hammer sharks in Barrack street…
… and Elephants in Barker street.
Around the corner, there is a dreamy work of Kathrina Rupit (KINMX) from Mexico.
Next to it is a surreal piece created by Jerry Rugg (Birdo) from Toronto, Canada (sorry for the obstructed image!).
This work of Joe Caslin is dedicated to mental health. You can see it in the previous image, far in background, because it is on the other side of the river. I shared two of Joe Caslin’s works in my blog last year. In my next blog I will tell you what is hiding under the mural 🙂
I am sorry I didn’t share all the murals scattered around the city centre. There are more, and they are all beautiful. Murals often cover unattractive walls, but some buildings just have to go. We will talk about such buildings in my next blog 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wow! The detailed of the artwork are amazing. Thanks for the share. 😉
Thank you so much for stopping by, Diane! xx
Your welcome! 😉 Have a Supermoon day! 😉 whatever that is…felt like saying it supermoon day…hihi!
Just back from photographing the moon. She looks like always 🙂
Hope it’s not cloudy tonight…
It is cloudy. The moon is quite low. She won’t pass the meridian today.
No worries will see what happens. How did your photos turned out today?
I don’t know, Diane, I will upload them later this week. I have a lot of post editing to do – glued to Photoshop right now 🙂
Have a wonderful week! Blessings xxxooo
So beautiful!! And very different kind of Street art I’ve seen till now!
I hope your health is much better now☺
Thank you Mithai! ❤
You are welcome!☺
Okay…..WOW!!!! I love all of these murals. I am so impressed with how Waterford Falls has embraced Street Art.
My fave is the elephants.
BirdO is a Toronto staple & fave. I have posted many of BirdO’s works on my blog. I think he lives a few doors over, as I always see his van (which is painted) parked up the alley. The alleys around me are filled with his works. As a matter of fact, there is are 3 fab BirdO’s next door to me. I’ve actually met him a few times, and he is quite lovely.
Wonderful post!!! TY, Inese!
Wow, Resa! If he comes to the festival again next year, I will tell him that we have a mutual friend 🙂 I was delighted to learn that there is a work of a guy from Toronto. Pity the resident cars obstructed the mural, but I didn’t have any other time to come over. Hope I see more works, and may be I have enough material for another blog this winter. Have a happy week! xx
Cars are always a situation with street art. That’s why I learned to shoot reflections! You have a happy week, too! xx
Resa, I haven’t seen a shiny car for ages 🙂 They should have found a better place for him to paint on – a higher wall. This one is very low.
Wow – just amazing! I remember the giant with the ship on his head from the movie Time Bandits.
It is him indeed 🙂 Thank you for taking a walk!
What an amazing and colourful place Waterford looks. The murals are wonderful and, like so many other commenters, I love the elephants. I also agree that the first two murals are particularly impressive and so very detailed. All these artists deserve the highest praise.
Thank you so much, Millie! Waterford Walls festival is new, but it was popular from the start. Our city didn’t see many murals before.
Amazing…. the elephants are so neat 🐘 🐘 .. have you noticed that one of them seem to be stepping over a car…Excellent selection, dear Inese. Happy sunday. Aquileana 🙂
Thank you so much, Aquileana! Yes, one of them is trying to turn over the car, all right 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised if one day the cars start rolling down the hill 🙂 Thank you again, and have a wonderful week! xx
These are beautiful Inese, I love the sharks and the elephants!
Thank you Andrea! Yes, I think it is a brilliant idea to fill them with flowers. These two murals are dedicated to the endangered wildlife.
I love those cheerful elephants, Inese. They brighten the place up on grey days.
They truly do, Jean. This street was so lifeless before.
The Waterford Walls festival was very interesting to see and read about, Inese. I once wrote an entire post which more or less boiled down to me saying I didn’t like graffiti much, but I was really thinking of tagging. This kind of street art is in very different category for me.
I know what you mean – tagging is absolutely senseless and has no artistic value, not like these beautiful murals. It is also important that the City decided on the location, and no important building was damaged. Smug is a fantastic artist – just google his images. He speaks straight into your soul.
I did have a quick look, Inese. He’s clearly very talented. I particularly liked one of a bearded man with a robin and another that he did in Eindhoven (in collaboration with another artist) which showed a small girl making a surprised face.
Yes, I too like the man with a robin 🙂
I just love street art and murals. These are wonderful, Inese. The Joe Caslin one is my favorite though so many of them are close seconds. Thanks so much for sharing these and the links!
Thank you so much, Diana! This festival is new, and I hope we will have many more great artists working in the streets of Waterford city.
The people who were given portraits featured through murals were interesting. The hammerhead sharks are beautiful and creative. My favorite mural was the extended, playful and colorful elephant “jolly parade!” Such a lovely post, Inese. hugs xo
Thank you so much, Robin! 🙂 xx
Wow! It seems like we are instantly connected today/tonight. Hope you are “on the mend,” Inese. ❤
Yes, I am home tonight, answering comments and visiting.
The elephants! I love the colorful, fun elephants!! 🙂
I too, Christy! 🙂
I totally love street art, Inese. It transforms the most grey places into colourful splendid. It’s hard to choose which of those pictures above that I love the most, but I rather fancy having some pretty blue tit birds painted on my wall 🙂
You might like to check out this Wordless Wednesday post of mine, with some commissioned street art in Brighton, Sussex, UK. There’s loads more in the back streets, especially around the railway station, but these were two of my favourites. https://sarahpotterwrites.com/2013/11/27/wordless-wednesday-vibrant-street-art-to-colour-away-the-greys/
Thank you for the link! I love the first one for the distortion effect 🙂
Wow. They are fantastic. I adore the elephants, but that blue tit looks seriously scary if you ask me. Look at the glint in his eye!
Haha, it is what I thought too, so I settled there and waited until I saw that student approaching 🙂
A brilliant move!
These are stunning and you capture them perfectly my darling. I LOVE the elephants, so sweet
It is my favorite festival because the artworks are still there during the winter, and they do brighten our life.
Then I am glad they are there my darling. I can certainly see why they would give people a lift xxxx
Our city is not exactly colorful, and this particular area consists of rented and City Council property, that was not repainted for decades. I am sure that the residents love the elephants 🙂 xxxx
They look as if they are walking on, sitting on , these cars. It is brilliant. It is wonderful to see a city that is not colourful come to life like this. Long live art.
Thank you! xxxx
And PS… long live your photographs of it too. x
Amazing indeed. This festival is new, but already loved 🙂
The Canadian guy turned half of the city of Glasgow into an art gallery, nice murals certainly but I always ask myself, one if they pay the guy, do they shut down the streets while he is doing his art work? And do they stay up forever? Or just for a couple of weeks and then you got Joe from the construction site painting over the mural to put it back as it was, these things don´t happen here in Spain, so i find them fascinating.
Hi Charly! These murals were made during an art festival, and some of them might stay there a year, depending on agreement. There were many artists from different countries this year, and Sam Bates from Glasgow, who is actually Australian, made the first two murals you see in this post, just a block from each other. All these streets are very quiet, and there is enough room for the artist to work, no need to shut down the street completely, in this case. You can google “Smug” and see his works all around the world. You can add “Spain”, and may be you will find that he has worked in Spain too. His work is something else! Another world, really.
I have googled the man, and his work is truly something. Haven´t seen anything here in Spain though. But what an incredible thing to do that art so big, how long would it take this man to do one let alone a two or three.
Smug is working with aerosols, from a picture, and a big work might take a week to finish.
Haha! The patchwork elephant looks so chummy and may follow you home; he’s exquisitely animated. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous works of art, dear friend.
Yes, I love the elephants too 🙂 They are so cute, and when you stand at the bottom of the street, they are sort of rolling down the hill straight to you 🙂
The hammerhead sharks are fantastic! All of the art are amazing. Such fun surprises you always offer with a bit of history, too. Thank you, dear Inese!
Thank you so much, Rose! I enjoyed the walk myself – it is so fun to discover a painting as you turn around the corner 🙂 Our city is far from being considered a ‘bursting with life’, and these paintings added a wonderful touch to the streets. As you see, there is a Canadian artist presented too 🙂
Wonderfully stated, Inese. It takes all colors to make a beautiful painting — wish we all would see those different, gorgeous hues and embrace them in people, as well. Yes, wonderful to see all the different countries involved! 🙂
Yes, Rose, it is so wonderful to see that all these countries created a beautiful garden together. It is an example that we are able to do something good together, all of us, regardless of our political or cultural differences.
Yes, I completely agree, Inese.
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