Murals of Cork City – Kingfisher

It’s easy to miss, a bright coloured mural of a kingfisher on the whole side of a building in the centre of Cork City. It’s not as if the mural was painted last week, it has been there since May 2019. In my defence it is on the opposite side of the City, so an area less frequented by myself.

The mural is by London based artist Curtis Hylton and is one of ten projects which were allocated funding as part of a programme to regenerate parts of Cork City.

The idea was to create something beautiful but also to make an impact and highlight the issue of plastic waste in our rivers and seas.

Curtis Hylton

The home page of Curtis’ website reflects this Kingfisher mural (or at least at the time of writing this post it did).

The Conservation Message

In looking up at the initial image I was struck by the brightness and intensity of colour, all characteristics associated with the sparkling Kingfisher. First glance made it look like a successful catch, a supper of a fish caught in its dagger like beak. Stopping to take it in, the fish morphed into a plastic bottle and bag.

Main part of Kingfisher mural Cork City
Throw Aways

At the foot of the mural, nets of orange and cyan nylon trap the kingfisher as it looks to escape the water with its easy, but unrewarding, ‘catch’.

Personally I think that Curtis Hylton has succeeded in creating something beautiful but that also has impact. What do you think?

Perfect Irony

It’s a perfect, but ironic, statement of the world in which we live. Here we have a fabulous colourful mural that has been commissioned to highlight the damage that waste can cause. In the bottom corner of the images one can see an abandoned supermarket trolley.

Perfect irony and so sad.

Locating the Mural

Even with meekly proffered excuses, it seems difficult to imagine how anyone could miss such a striking mural, so here I highlight how easy it is to miss such a bright and colourful image on the side of a building. The mural is on a building at the corner of St Paul’s Avenue and Lavitt’s Quay. St Paul’s Avenue is largely used as a short bit of tarmac into the Car Park of the same name. So if on St Paul’s Avenue one would normally be preparing to enter the car-park or leaving the car park to join the main road. If travelling by car on Lavitt’s Quay one would only be able to see the mural if heading in an easterly direction, but focus should be on getting in the left hand lane and on the sets of traffic lights. I guess the moral of the story is we should walk more, drive less and open our eyes.

At a Junction

For those that would like a little additional assistance in locating the mural it is pretty much opposite St Mary’s Priory Roman Catholic Church on the other side of the River Lee’s north channel.

Church Across the Lee

All the above pictures were taken on a cold and crisp New Year’s Day in Cork City, well within 5km of the house.

Happy New Year everybody

6 thoughts on “Murals of Cork City – Kingfisher

  1. Curtis Hylton is an outstanding artist and this is the first time I have seen this particular piece, so thank you for posting it. Your photographs cover a wide range of angles, giving a real feel for the mural. Curtis has painted a couple of nice collaborations in Bristol over th3 last year or two, and both are still intact.

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    1. Thanks Scooj, I looked up more about the mural and artist having been so impressed by this piece. When I put the link in to Curtis’ website, this mural featured on his home page which was pretty good for Cork. An artist that I love is Guido Van Helten, whose work I first saw in Iceland and has since had a mural in Limerick (sadly no longer here). Try checking out Guido’s work, the scale is difficult to comprehend (well for me anyway). Sure he has done some work in the UK. Cheers for the comment, appreciated.

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  2. What an amazing and powerful mural, John. Thank you for sharing it.
    It is a sad state affairs what we humans have done to nature, isn’t it?
    And, very glad you’ve taken to walking in your area, discovering something so beautiful and poignant.
    Happy New Year! (Wait, we said that already didn’t we? ๐Ÿ˜‰ No matter, I’ll say it again!

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    1. Very sad and as destructive as Covid-19 is, may it be a lesson for all mankind, we’re only temporary dwellers on this planet and should take more care of it. To be fair Dale, am on my feet walking every day thanks to his lordship, but would tend not to go into town with him. He’s gotten a lot braver and entering the metropolis but give him a beach or a wood any day. Stay safe and have a happy yearโ˜˜๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

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      1. Yes… On the plus side, it has pushed people to walk in their own neighbourhoods and surrounding areas. My old boy can’t go far anymore but I do bring him out daily. I usually do that, then go back out on my own where I can pick up my pace.
        You stay safe as well and don’t be a stranger. ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒžโ˜บ๏ธ

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