Irish Culture in the Streets of Dublin

2 Dec


Culture Collage

One cannot go a day in the busy streets of Dublin without encountering a plethora of culture derived from versatile forms of art. Above are four photos that I have taken that capture these art forms. They include a sand-sculptor (top-left), a pastel artist (top-right), a graffiti mural (bottom-left), and Irish street-dance performers (bottom-right) that I mentioned in my first blog post.

The sand-sculptor is commonly found on the corner of Grafton Street beside the Stephen Green’s Shopping Centre. He creates a different realistic-looking animal every day purely out of shaping sand. He lays out a hat for tips that are optional for those who appreciate his work on the sidewalk.

The pastel artist says that he loves to paint at home and on the sidewalk. He claims that he rather work on his larger roman-inspired portraits on the open space that the street provides while he offers his tinier, homemade creations for sale as he works. The tiny works of art sell between a range of €10-25 while the larger range from €40 or more. A tip-hat is laid out beside him for those any non-purchasing admirers.

The beautiful wall of graffiti, found en-route to Dublin Business School from Griffith College on a backstreet path that my roommate and I came up with, is a refreshing piece of eye candy on an often dull and rainy walk through the backroads. We both have no clue as to who created it, why it was created, what the eagle represents, or whether or not it was drawn illegally – nor do I want to know the answers to any of those inquiries. The reason is because this piece of Irish culture makes me feel a little closer to my home of New York where graffiti murals are not as hard to come by – why ask questions when I can simply appreciate it for what it is?

The final picture in my Irish culture collage above is a still image of a video I took of Irish street dancers on Grafton Street. I have not seen them again since that day, but the first impression they made is definitely worth mentioning. Similar to the graffiti, the hip-hop culture behind b-boy dancing ties back to the strong aura of hip-hop in New York. I found out that each of the members of this dance crew were born and raised in Dublin and took a strong interest in this style of art. This gave the impression that maybe modern Irish culture is more culturally diffused than it was in the gaelic/celtic days.

I felt that these various art forms found in Dublin City properly represents the diverse culture that the Irish embrace everyday.


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