Our first trip to Northern Ireland to visit my husband’s parents in almost two years coincided with an art project on the North Coast which it was hoped, would increase footfall to the area again. It began in early August and involved street artists from the UK and Ireland to add murals to towns on the coast between Limavady to Ballycastle. On our visit, not all were completed but we managed to see some. In James’s hometown of Ballymoney which is also known as ‘cow town’ there is a cow on the gable end of a building
and another by Shane O’Driscoll elsewhere in the town.
Queen Street, Coleraine has a large work by artist EMIC.
Port Stewart has two; a Sea Eagle by Danleo adorns one building
and a monochrome one by JMK sits below the Dominican College.
There are five works in Limavady, off Market Street but we did not have chance to see them. Two more are due to be unveiled there. There is also one in Castle Street, Ballycastle but we missed that also.
We have seen a lot of street art on our journeys including a mural of Amelia Earhart in Cuba.
The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas on Route 66 has regular updates from the public.
This is in Lisbon, Ohio on the Lincoln Highway which we drove in 2016.
Here is a side street in Melbourne, Australia which we found on our journey round Highway One in 2018.
In 2017 we saw a Banksy at Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
St John’s church at the west end of Princes St in Edinburgh has a group of artists who regularly paint a mural on the side of the building, often commenting on current issues. This one was done in December 2016 after a small child migrant’s body was washed up on a shore in the Mediterranean.
I always enjoy spotting some new street art wherever I am, even though it is not something I have tried myself.
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I can’t resist mentioning that my former UC Santa Cruz film professor Chip Lord co-created “Cadillac Ranch” in 1974 as a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, USA.
Chip Lord, & his co-creators Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels were a part of the art group Ant Farm.