A large mural painted by the internationally acclaimed Cork street artist ‘fin DAC’ on the former Kino Cinema on Washington Street has been painted over.
The self-taught street artist behind the mural, whose real name is Finbarr Notte, has created street art both here and abroad. His work was recently chosen to feature on a series of Australian stamps.
The removal of the mural from the front of the former Kino cinema drew criticism from some people when photos of the freshly painted building appeared online yesterday.
However, the new owner of the site Philip O’Connor told the Echo that a new mural from a local artist is soon to be installed on the site.
“We really did like the mural but it was quite worn in places and there was some graffiti on it. With a new ownership, we wanted a new lease of life for the building," he said.
To be honest, we expected a bit of backlash but I think people were too quick to jump the gun. A new mural is to be installed shortly by another local artist, Fiona Geary.
“We did ask Finbarr, the previous artist, but he wasn’t available until next year. Fiona is due to start work on Sunday.”
Mr O’Connor told the Echo the site will be developed into a coffee shop and entertainment venue, with live music gigs, poetry nights and comedy gigs.
He expects the new business venture will be open by October.
Street art group Mad About Cork Kevin O’Brien told the Evening Echo that while the removal of the mural is disappointing, this is the nature of street art.
"My first reaction is that it is a shame. It was one of the biggest murals in Cork,” Mr O’Brien said.
“These things are kind of temporary. The only thing you would hope is that when they do come down it is for a reason, rather than just changing the colour of a building or something like that."
Several people on Twitter expressed their disappointment at the removal of the artwork, with one user writing “I'm so disgusted by this. It's part of the city. One of my absolute favourites.”