This is one of the most politically influenced societies in the Western World.
Walking through the streets of Belfast will leave you with a sence of confusion, inspiration, interest and intrigue. The walls of the old town are adorned with murals of an ever-changing design.
Once the gable walls of the inner city streets were reserved solely for political and violent intent and homage. They are still there of course, but they are not the only ones to be found.
Which ever road you take, you are never far from the politics of the place. Every now and then the hills around Belfast express their interest in the affairs of this part of the Island, in the form of huge letters that can be seen for miles around.
Yesterday they read: SOS. ‘WALL ST RAPES IRELAND’.
This message was put there by small business owners concerned that the ‘Wall street Vulture Funds’ are acquiring loans offered by Irish banks to local businesses. They fear the creation of economic wastelands in Ireland as a result.
It’s a really effective way of raising political awareness and publicity. When the former Prime Minister of England, Tony Blair, visited, the message read : ‘WAR CRIMINAL’. Other messages have been quite humorous.
This photo shows the many sides to life in Belfast:
1. Current economic and political message on the hill. 2. New superhero murals replacing the tribal messages of old. 3. And the reminders of past atrocities ie. ‘Massacre ‘, on the house behind the wall.
Not forgetting the failures of the past, whilst dealing with the present to secure a future, is a constant battle on the walls of this city.
This place is inventive if nothing else!