Tuesday, 13 April 2010

M is for...

Murals

A few years ago during a visit to (London)Derry with my sister, we went on a tour on one of those open double decker buses. Since Derry is in Northern Ireland it has seen its fair share of troubles between Protestants and Catholics and Bloody Sunday actually took place here. In the Catholic neighbourhood there were several murals depicting either Bloody Sunday or other scenes that took place during the Troubles. The photo above shows the hungerstrikes.

The tourbus also drove through the Protestant area and in that area the murals were of a completely different tone. They were (to me) a bit unsettling, because they felt more militant, more agressive. As if the Protestants still felt superior to the Catholics.

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14 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Interesting but sad murals that really only serve as a constant reminder of the Troubles and somehow manage to keep them alive. Too bad both sides can't choose some other peaceful, happy murals to display. Great post for the day and great, if sad, photos of the murals! Hope your week goes well!

Sylvia

Willa said...

I love Murals! I always think about the artist behind the art.How talented they are do comeup with such idea.

Just Breathe said...

Those are very interesting and your right, that one is disturbing.
Can't we all just get along!

photowannabe said...

Very interesting but unsettling. Great story-telling murals though.

Anvilcloud said...

One doesn't hear as much about The Troubles anymore. Maybe they're on the wane?

Gattina said...

Sad, and all this in the name of God, crazy !
Gattina from the ABC Team

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

I always admire murals. Rather fine art, really,,,these are sad but thank you for sharing.
Have you a great week now.
hugs
shakira

LisaF said...

A very dark side to an otherwise lovely county. I think you have to appreciate the passion behind the art, regardless of personal opinion about either subject. The fact that it stirred an emotion in you mean, as art, it accomplished its goal.

dragonfly said...

Ireland certainly has had her share of troubles...

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Great murals Mara - as you say though, a bit unsettling. A

Granny Smith said...

Guns have no place on a mural unless to stir up militant feelings. Ireland's troubles seem to have been going on forever. How sad.

Grace and Bradley said...

I remember the days of trouble in Northern Ireland. We were in England and France at the time. I am glade the days were over and I hope it will last.

Mo said...

Street art in its various forms are a great way for getting a feel for the people who live there.

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Interesting how the murals change in the different areas! I hadn't thought about that!

They're all pretty good though.

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