5 AMAZING STREET MURALS YOU MUST SEE IN LIVERPOOL
Salve! In this blog we took to the streets of Liverpool in search of the coolest street art in the city. We visited some of the more well-known spots but also went off track and tried to bring you some little hidden gems that not many people have heard of. As an added tracked down each individual artist to find out what their inspiration was behind the art. Enjoy!
1. GIRL WITH STRAW - BALTIC MARKET - ARTIST IRONY
"I organised a Street Art festival a few years ago before the Baltic became the tourist attraction it is today. There were lots of empty buildings and a burger van that was it along there. Irony was one of our artist, we brought him up from London and hired an expensive cherry picker so he could paint an amazing girls face on the old stables where the brewery once housed it Dray horses. Sadly that piece went when the building was demolished but I've attached a pic of it for you to see. We really wanted another piece so he painted the girl on the wall. She is a real person, she is the daughter of Silent Bill another street artist and originator of Ssosva, Secret Society of Super Villain Artists. Look them up on any social media they certainly do lots of interesting events and happenings. There are still quite a few pieces left over from the festival plus lots of new stuff on Constellation on Greenland Street. A good stopping point is Hobo Kiosk Pub. It's a small hidden arty bar on the corner of Jamaica Street and Bridgewater Street. Lots of art inside, no two chairs are the same, lots of street art on the outside. Always a friendly welcome from Delia the owner serving local brewed beers and gin. The pub is only small so they're not keen on stag parties but they love small groups of tourists. Tristan also organised the street art festival with me and can tell people about most of the old and new art work along Jamaica Street."
2. WINGS - PAUL CURTIS - BALTIC TRIANGLE
FOR ALL LIVERPOOL'S LIVER BIRDS
"I knew I needed to raise my profile somehow and get my name recognised. Coupled with that, I am proud of Liverpool and really wanted to do a piece of street art that might become almost like a land mark and a part of the city. The design was going to be more complex and nothing linked to Liverpool specifically, just a good piece of art. It would have taken about a week and cost a lot in paint! When I was told by the council that this may soon be coming down, I scrapped that plan. In the time that followed, I thought about a scaled down piece. Three things became more important to the project; fun, interactivity and Liverpool. The wings idea came to me first - people would have fun taking their picture as an angel. I wasn’t sure how to link it to Liverpool. One idea was to do one red and one blue, but I thought that was a bit cheesy and I didn’t want to really bring football into it. I live in the shadow of the Liverbirds so the solution was in front of my face really. I used the wall in the centre of Jamaica Street as firstly, the owners were positive about the project and granted me permission, and secondly, it was nearer the bars, so more people would stop for photos!
I’m glad I went with the copper oxide green, because I think it looks great and the link to the city is clear but subtle (when you don’t know the title!). I was going to call it something like “The Angel of the Baltic”, but that didn’t really feel unique to the city. I hope the title “For all Liverpool’s Liverbirds” makes it clear that it was intended to be a gift to the city.
The response since I painted it has been unbelievable! My intention was to brighten up peoples’ day and bring a smile to their face. I knew people would like sharing their pictures, but I expected it to be more of a slow burner. The whole thing rocketed! Everyone has been really positive and I have had some lovely messages, makes me proud of the people of Liverpool."
3. EVOLUTION OF MAN - PAUL CURTIS - BALTIC TRIANGLE
"Evolution of Man was the next mural I did following the wings. Liverpool Life Science UTC called me and they wanted something scientific but a little interactive. I put together a few ideas but they liked the EoM is the one they liked. The idea is that the stages of the evolution links are evolving as they head towards the door of the college, with the UTC student themselves ahead of them (continuing to evolve). Before becoming an artist, I was a geologist in the Oil and Gas industry. Geology involves a lot of evolutionary studies, so maybe that come out in my subconscious"
4.STEPHEN HAWKING - ASKE CREW - BALTIC TRIANGLE
"I was contacted by Beta Rok 75 who invited me to paint at CONTRAST, a Street Art Festival he organised last year. He had the permission from the Liverpool Life Sciences school to get some artwork painted on the building wall on Upper Parliament street. As a scientist myself I thought a Tribute to the late Prof. Stephen Hawking was appropriate, in the hope that it would inspire the students and the local community."
5. COOLIUS CESAR - THE ROMANS IN AINTREE - LUCAS POLOSKI
You can find this one at The Romans activity park in Aintree. Inspiration behind this one was to stay true to the old fashioned Roman stone style statues but to give it a really cool twist. This is a huge 50ft long piece and really has the wow factor!
So, there is our top 5 featuring a piece from our very own activity park (couldn't resist!). Everyone is even more impressive up close. So go check them out!
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