Cork artists shows solidarity with Black Lives Matters in Mardyke murals

Cork artists shows solidarity with Black Lives Matters in Mardyke murals
Local artist Peter Martin's mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A local artist has shown his support for the Black Lives Matter movement with an impressive mural painting in the city.

Peter Martin took a section of the wall at Mardyke Walk and used his talents to highlight the importance of the movement which has seen protests held all over the globe.

A number of people marched on Patrick Street and protested peacefully on Grand Parade last week in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and those in Direct Provision in Ireland.

Local artist Peter Martin's mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Local artist Peter Martin's mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mr Martin’s mural consists of an image of a male protestor which dates back to 1969 and the images of two women taken from protests in Minneapolis over the last two weeks and portrays how nothing has changed in the 50 years between both images.

Local artist Peter Martin's mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Local artist Peter Martin's mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"Hopefully bringing attention towards the BLM movement may lead to people reflecting on our own issues at home. Putting large scale artwork up in a public space says "we’re with you, we stand by you", to anyone who needs to hear or see it. I think in the last few years it’s become very clear how powerful an impact that street art can have when trying to convey a message on a social issue."

Local artist Peter Martin's mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Local artist Peter Martin's mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mr Martin, who has a "scattering of pieces around the city" said that this is the first mural he has painted for a specific movement.

"Although a lot of the work I create looks at Cork’s history and identity, this is probably the first time that I’ve created artwork that’s blatantly for a movement or issue. As a secondary school teacher I make an effort to deal with social issue through art and open the lads’ eyes up to the the power of art for social change," he said.

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