ROAMING Cork street artist Finbarr Notte, known as Fin Dac, recently finished transforming a 100ft long by 35ft wide building facade into a prominent piece of art in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Finbarr, whose work is featured all over the world, including on a special edition Australian stamp, was asked to transform the wall by developers who had seen previous work by the Corkonian around L.A. and were suitably impressed.
Mr Notte said he was delighted to be tasked such a vast canvas. “To get the opportunity to paint a wall this size in such a great location is rare, so I wanted to do the piece regardless of payment.”
The wall took two weeks to complete and the solitary artist even needed assistance to get it finished on time.
“Because it was such a big undertaking and because I was doing an installation, I knew I’d need assistance to get it completed within the timeframe of two weeks.”
Logistical support and technical assistance were provided by three friends, which Finbarr said made a change from his normal working methods.
The mural is entitled Nabi Sonyeo which means Butterfly Girls in Korean. “The mural depicts the changes from traditional to modern Korean sensibilities and clothing but with a twist insofar as it is the modern depiction that is the most demure of the three figures.
“The butterflies are used as a visual metaphor of these changes but also to tie the whole piece together in a visually unusual way.
“We painted 90 butterflies, the majority of which are hung on a (virtually) invisible fishing net which when caught by the wind give the illusion of the butterflies fluttering.”
Finbarr, who also has created work in Notting Hill, London, Amsterdam, Berlin and San Francisco, to name but a few places, is back in Ireland in September to complete work for galleries and shows. Then, in October, he is off to Tahiti for a festival, and back to Miami in November and New Zealand and Australia for December and January.
For more information on Fin Dac’s work, log onto www.findac.tumbler.com or follow him on Twitter: @findac.