Empty Walls 2014: Phlegm

Welsh born illustrator and street artist Phlegm has taken part in the second Empty Walls Festival held in Cardiff.

The month long festival aims to bring colour, culture and vibrancy to the city of Cardiff with artists travelling in from Germany, Italy, Montevideo, Spain and France and closer to home from London, Bristol and Cardiff too.

Phlegm was one of the first artists to visit the capital and add some of his detailed artwork to the city’s skyline.

Over a couple of days he painted a wall on the side of Marland House on Wood Street, next to the bus station, with the aid of a lift and then posted some photos of his progress on Instagram. (along with other people on social media)

Beginning with the blank wall located above the Greggs outlet.

In Wales, Cardiff. Painting for empty walls. #emptywalls #phlegm #Cardiff

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Open Wall's in progress

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Wall almost done for empty walls in Cardiff, South Wales. #emptywalls #mural #phlegm

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Finished wall for Empty walls in Cardiff, South Wales. #emptywallsfestival #phlegm #marilwyd #mural

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Empty Walls 2014:Phlegm

Writing on his blog Phlegm explained that his:-

Painting was based on the very old welsh tradition ‘Mari Lwyd’ for Empty walls festival

Where the Mari Lwyd consists of a mare’s skull (sometimes made of wood or cardboard) fixed to the end of a wooden pole – then a white sheet is fastened to the back of the skull, concealing the pole and the person carrying the Mari.

Also black cloth ears may be sewn onto the cloth and this is illustrated here with a very long, almost snake-like version!

There are the now familiar, and almost trademark, characters with heads poking out of highly detailed clothing carrying the mythical beast.

Empty Walls 2014:Phlegm

Empty Walls 2014:Phlegm

Empty Walls 2014:Phlegm

Empty Walls 2014:Phlegm

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Empty Walls 2014:Phlegm

A big thanks to everyone whom was in Cardiff capturing this event whilst we were away and experiencing camera problems. (normal service has now been resumed!)

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