Here we are taking a look at a stunning artwork placed up by Irony in Derry, Northern Ireland a couple of months ago on a spot we was offered to opportunity to work a tad further away from our usual South London haunts. Taking to a rather large smooth gable end wall we had the pleasure of watching Irony bring this space to life over the week with this captivating work. It was interesting to note how in a place such as Derry where murals have had and continue to carry such a strong political allegiance with them all the locals wanted to know what the idea behind the work was, as opposed to who was doing it or even why. On that note the work features much of Irony’s distinct fun and somewhat cynical humour with the concept behind this work, namely a rather pompous stag stood in the clearing at around night sunset, set strong and proud, master of its domain. However the flash Stag set before you doesn’t quite realise that his presence is somewhat undermined by the plastic bag attached to its antlers, its most defining physical characteristic as a species. In this case this Stag is not as cool as he thinks. Creating both a central subject and a scene so full of life, it’s as if you can hear the stag snorting, accompanied by the rustle of the plastic bag as you feel the breeze blow by, as it stands supremely confident before you as you stare into its soul.
Thank you to everyone in Derry and all the lovely locals for the lovely hospitality who made this such an amazing trip. Big thank you to everyone from Praxis around the corner who made our week and even gave us another spot to hit up before we left town (subject of our next post). As well as a massive thank you to Irony for giving up their time to come paint for free so far from home and for doing such a first class job for such a lovely spot. This outstanding work can be found in Glenview Terrace and was put up with support form ourselves London Calling Blog.
The blank wall awaiting transformation over the coming days.
The stunning finished piece.