It’s not the first time I’ve taken a street art swipe at Bertie Ahern, back in April 2008 I filled Molly Malone’s statue with ‘Bertie Bills‘ on the eve his his resignation as taoiseach. I felt then, what the majority of people feel now; cheated, hood-winked and angry that the person at the highest level of office in this country can lie about secret payments for planning favours. This country needs to be purged of Cronies like Ahern, Fylnn and Co. otherwise we as a nation will never be trusted by foreign investors and by the international community.
‘One Day I Will Grow Wings’ is a new stenciled paste-up that I created for Dublin Contemporary ‘Road Works’ project. Borrowing it’s name for Radiohead’s song Let Down I’ve wanted to produce a street art piece about homelessness for some time.
Lots of artists are involved in a city wide project including Mark Jenkins, D*Face, Maser, Morgan, DMC, Prefab.
Follow the project live here anewspacelivestreets.tumblr.com
Fancy doing some stenciling outdoors? I’ve been messing around with Snow Stencils in the last few days and I want you to join in. Wednesday 1st Dec 2010 is World AIDS Day and traditionally people wear a red ribbon to show their support/solidarity. I’ve made a small ribbon stencil for you to download Red Ribbon Stencil <-(right click to save PDF)
It’s really easy to make.
- Print out stencil.
- Spray mount/glue onto card
- Cut out (black parts) with a craft knife/scalpel
- Place on snow and spray (red)
Disclaimer: I’m not claiming that spraying on snow is actually legal. Authorities/Jobsworths/Unimaginative types may complain if you do it – either way I don’t care. It’s ‘mindful vandalism’
Wednesday Dec 1st is World Aids Day. Across the globe, people will be raising money in different ways for AIDS awareness, prevention and treatment. In Dublin, Open Heart House (www.openhearthouse.ie) in partnership with MAC Cosmetics are organising a 24 hour sleep out in Dublin city centre. Una Mullally (big spoon) and myself (small spoon) will be sleeping overnight out on the streets of Dublin city centre to raise money for Open Heart House. Donate online here
On 21st February workers and trade unions from all over the country will demonstrate against the Government’s proposals for tackling the recession. I’m going to march and I hope you’ll do the same.
I’ve been creating these street stencils to encourage people to get out there and march. They’re are easy to design, quick to make and not illegal (to the best of my knowledge. Depends on what you say of course)
Here’s how to make one:
- Get a large sheet of acetate (420 microns is the best weight)
- Print out your drawing/type and tape onto a cutting mat
- Place acetate on top and tape down also
- Cut stencil with very sharp scalpel or craft knife
- Make sure to leave wide ‘bridges’ and ‘islands’ in your type
- Place finished stencil onpavement (where there’s a build up of grime)
- Put on gloves and use a wire brush inside the stencil’s exposed areas
- Lift stencil and blow away excess dust
Get out on the streets of Dublin on Saturday 21st Feb. Assembly at Parnell Square, Dublin at 2pm.
January is a depressing month, even more so when it’s at the beginning of a recession. This city and it’s people need something to smile about again and we need you to help make it happen.
Free Art Friday is a relatively new art movement that’s rapidly gaining in popularity around the World. Artists create a painting, sketch, sculpture or installation and leave it on the street. The piece can then be picked up by anyone and claim it as their own. Finders are encouraged to email the artist and tell them how and where they found it. We’re asking all painters, photographers, illustrators, sculptures, graffiti artists, taggers, cartoonists or any visual artist to contribute a small piece of work that will be hung/placed/or left on the streets of Dublin on Friday 23rd January for anyone to take away.
Click here to get involved.
The day before Bertie Ahern resigned from office, I loaded Molly Malone’s statue with £50,000 worth of ‘Bertie Bills’ for anyone to take away. People seemed reluctant to take dodgy money from a complete stranger, of course that wouldn’t be a problem for Bertie.
The first piece of true ‘artivism’ that I did was on the landmine issue. I had been campaigning on Climate Change, Deforestation and other issues for ages, but landmines were different. In comparison to say, climate change which involves a worldwide effort of cutting our addiction to fossil fuels, land mines are man-made by a small number of weapon companies, so ban them outright! Countries like China, US and Russia have dragged to heels for decades to agree to stop manufacturing, stockpiling and planting landmines.
I wanted to do something to mark the International Landmine Awareness Day on the 4th of April each year. I picked the 1st of April as my planting day because if I got nicked by the cops I would use April Fool’s day as a pathetic excuse for placing dozens of fake bombs around a Irish city.
I bought 100 enamel plates and spray painted them army green, then me, xpir and D$ stenciled a skull & cross bones and the words ‘landmine’ onto them in white. I also put a sticker underneath that gave the finder facts about the landmine issue worldwide.
Sunday morning, 1st April we set off, planting 100 around Dublin’s parks and green spaces. I got a friend to come down and take some pictures. The first place we planted them was Merrion Square, just across the road from the Dáil (Goverment’s Building). We then spilt up and xpir and D$ planted some around Phoneix Park, including (outside the American Ambassador’s house and The President’s Mansion).
At lunchtime we met up again fro lunch and my phone rang, (it was a close friend that knew about this project) She said that Merrion Square was closed off and crawling with cops searching the grass on their hands and knees. I thought it was a April fool trick until I went down there and it looked like a crime scene with Police tape and everything.
So I asked a Garda (Irish Police officer) what was going on and it turns out, an American tourist spotted a ‘landmine’ and called the emergency services, when the cops arrived they told him that they were obviously not real and even said it was a good idea!