MURALS OF NORTHERN IRELAND . Walls That Speak By Daria Pieniazek.
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Walls That Speak
By Daria Pieniazek
Northern Ireland has become famous for the murals painted in almost every area of the country… They are a fascinating cultural phenomenon depicting not only the history of Northern Ireland conflict but also the political views of both traditions – Republican and Loyalist .
‘In little more than a decade mural painting has developed into one of the most dynamic media for symbolic expression in the north of Ireland.’
The mural presented underneath was inspired by one of the most famous paintings in European history which is Eugene Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Guiding The People’.
Jim Bryson (25) and Patrick Mulvenna (19)were both IRA volunteers shot during a gun battle from a concealed British Army observation post on the Ballymurphy Road on 31st August 1973. This mural commemorates their death.
Apart from murals depicting scenes of ‘the Troubles’ with almost a photographic precision, there are many paintings rooted in folk tales and culture which world is often mentioned as the most powerful and appealing medium of communication.
The image ofKing William III of Orange (known also as \'King Billy\') might be found on many walls all over Belfast. This Dutchman who was declared sovereign of England, Scotland and Ireland in February 1689, won the Protestant victory over Catholic King James II (a Scotsman) on 1 July 1690 at the Battle of Boyne.
The mural presented underneath consists of mentioned combination of patterns and symbols. The blue background representing the royalty and the letters UDA standing for Ulster Defence Association are accompanied by Loyalist badges.
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