Buoys to Men!

An Autumnal visit to the capital city of Northern Ireland and a chance to wander the picturesque streets of Belfast.

As development and improvements take place all around the city it was great to see the huge range of street art dotted around the place too.

Street art, Belfast
Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast

Starting around the River Lagan and the motorway interchange which housed some typical graffiti present in most large cities up and down the country – albeit with an Irish twist!

Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

Moving into the city centre more and more bits of street art popping up on the side of buildings and doorways from a variety of artists like Earley James and Sophie Nails.

Street art, Belfast
Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast

Around another corner was a vacant spot which had attracted some large mural work from the likes of Dan Kitchener, Marcamix and Friz.

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

Dan Kitchener had painted his traditional Geisha style whilst Friz has painted a striking tiger – are there a few four leaf clovers in there too?

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

There was a lot of shutter art spread out throughout the city centre with this colourful one from Penfold.

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

Still near the river Lagan and the M2 motorway area there was a huge wall on the side of a furniture company.
The long wall housed a lot of well known faces including Bruce Lee, Harrison Ford and Adam Ant!

Yes it’s quite diverse! Can you name them all?

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast
Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

Local artist Glen Molloy had carefully crafted each famous face where at night an almost empty car park was a great time to capture some clean pictures – apart from the orange lighting casting that awful colour on it!

But in the daytime it was full of cars…..as you’d expect a carpark to be!

Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

Crossing over a busy road to a large square named Buoy Park.

This park takes it’s name from three sea buoys on display as public artworks which are in honour of Belfast’s maritime history.

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

The buoys have sat as public works of art at Cathedral Gardens beside St Anne’s Cathedral and Ulster University Art College since the 1980s.

For years they have been painted in orange and black but recently they have had a street art makeover courtesy of Nol and others.

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

Still trying to work out who the other two artists are can I see the name DMC and possibly Paris?

The distinctive shape of the buoys really do lend themselves to be painted with faces.

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, BelfastStreet art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

The latest makeover was part of Belfast’s Hit the North Street Art Festival which took place over the Summer of 2018

Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast
Street art, Belfast

Belfast is such a great city and well worth a visit as it’s rapidly changing which is making some great canvas for the artists to paint.

More to come on the latest street art festival in the next post.

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