I was out of town during the Waterford Walls festival this August, and only recently took some photographs, probably covering only a half of the walls. Here is a link to the previous Waterford Walls blog posts if you need it for a reference. Please visit the artists websites. All the links in this blog open on separate pages and your reading won’t be interrupted.
Yasja’s Northern lights-inspired work wasn’t included in the festival map, but I knew it was a recent work. I would have noticed if it has been there before. Yasja is a brilliant artist from Amsterdam and I choose her work for my opening picture.
I walk wall to wall, and it takes me about two hours to see all these wonderful murals.
Niamh Curry grew up in Clonmel, Ireland. She is a self-taught artist, and her works are recognizable for their bright colors and painting technique. Niamh got to paint in Georges Court, right next to the Waterford Walls headquarters. I love her foxes.
Kevin Bohan, a professional artist and illustrator from Dublin, is a regular guest of the festival. I am a huge fan of his work. Kevin takes part in community projects and generously shares his talent. Here is his Instagram link.
I walk uphill to the place where the Birdo’s wall used to be. I am surprised to see Joe Castlin’s work repainted, but I love the fishies by Michael Beerens, an artist from France.
On the other side of the hill I admire a mural by Taquen, a young artist from Madrid.
To learn what the work by Garreth Joyce is about, click on this link .
I walk uphill again (Waterford is not a flat city), to take a picture of another two foxes, this time by Nina Valkhoff, an illustrator and muralist from the Netherlands. Here is a link to Nina’s website.
I guess it was not easy to paint between all these doors and windows. I think about foxes whose habitats have been taken away by humans…
I walk to the social housing area. The streets and the buildings look dull and monotonous, but I have a map in my hand and know a secret: Waterford Walls festival has reached this colourless place and made a difference. This work by Shane Sutton, an artist in residence with the European Space Agency, might be monochrome, but it added so much color to the street! The artist also incorporated a transformer box into his work. It is transmitting old Disney classic now.
Dan Leo has gifted another beautiful animal to the city.
This is Curtis Hylton’s wall from 2018, but I never used the picture before. Please have a closer look at the fish. It is not a fish at all. What a heartbreaking image.
I wonder what this sad woman represents. The wall by Russ, France.
A very impressive wall by Sper, an artist from Belgium.
A young artist, graphic designer and illustrator KREEMOS from Russia created this industrially looking puzzle. You will find that it says “Lost in a dream”. Two things caught my eye – a lapwing, one of my favorite birds, and a creative use of the colour palette masking the garbage bins.
Three female artists shared their works in Stephens street. Caoilfhionn Hanton is a self taught local artist who has been with Waterford Walls since the inception. I love the positive energy of her paintings.
Another female artist – FRIZ from the Northern Ireland.
Novice, a street artist from Dublin. She is not a novice in the street art anymore. The meaning of the name is – never stop learning.
Rounding up my walk I found a puffin.
This is a work by Mehsos, an artist from Belgium.
Patrick street in the puffin’s eye – I know that he is watching me as I walk down the street.
The real life sparrows are watching me too.
Thank you for visiting Waterford. Here is a link to the excellent website by Resa McConaghy, a costume designer and author from Toronto who knows and shares street art – https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/ Please visit and follow.
Have a wonderful week!