A STREET Art Group has taken to Cork City to create a new piece welcoming Ukrainians to Cork.
The People's Republic of Cork group transformed a utility box in the city into the Ukrainian flag this week, painting 'Welcome to Cork' in Ukrainian on its back.
The group also added the phrase 'Fáilte go Páirc Uí Kyiv' on the unit in order to spread the message of welcome.
"The profound horror of Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine has shocked the world," the group said.
The work has been credited to Tom Doig, a collage artist and muralist living in Cork City.
As part of the People's Republic of Cork's campaign, they've also started selling t-shirts and have begun a collection for the International Red Cross.
PROC's new street art in @corkcitycentre Ireland to welcome Ukrainians to Cork. The yellow text says 'Welcome to Cork' in Ukrainian.— People's Republic of Cork (@cork) March 14, 2022
The blue text:
'Fáilte' = Welcome (in Irish)
'Páirc Uí Kiev' -> @PaircUiCha0imh #Ukraine @tomhdoig
More info https://t.co/mYuw9bpa4L pic.twitter.com/tbDLvb8OpY
"Aside from donations, we are largely powerless to do anything else to help," they said.
"The distance between Cork and Kyiv will give frightened Ukrainians coming here some psychological relief that they are safe. But that will, of course, be quickly replaced by anxiety about arriving in a place they have never been before and know little about.
"We’ve organised a bit of street art in the city centre that says ‘Welcome to Cork’ in their language. Put up a Ukrainian flag in your window or on your car, learn the Ukrainian word for welcome (‘Laskavo Prosymo’).
"There are frightened Ukrainian kids arriving on Leeside this week, most of whom had to leave their young fathers behind. These children should be welcomed into GAA, soccer and rugby clubs as soon as possible. Those who run dance classes, martial arts clubs, drum circles and yoga sessions could offer a few free places to our new friends.
"Let’s get on it. Time to turn Cork into Páirc Uí Kyiv."