Dublin City Council has once again ordered for the removal of one of Subset’s murals, this time targeting the ‘Think & Wonder’ piece on Grantham Street.
Part of a wider series of artworks titled ‘Mental Health’, the mural aims to spark consideration and conversation regarding the relationship each person has with themselves.
The popular Dublin collective of artists are known for their thought-provoking street work, however, this is not the first time that they have been targeted with removal orders.
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With this artwork we aim to highlight the systematised rerouting of profits from the domestic economy to international megabanks through vulture funds. Compliance from the judicial system and comprehensive government cooperation permits an international bank to have its tentacles in entire local communities without consent. The narrative surrounding austerity and Irish personal finances focuses on individual economic distress such as payment defaults and the rising homeless problem. While individual strife must be attended to swiftly and comprehensively, the cycle of debt sales and economic manipulation will continue as long as the Irish government acts as a willing accomplice. There is a tendency to blame the often falsely labeled 'negligent debtor' for their hardship. There is a strong economic history that shows personal financial distress events as simply part of the prearranged procedure of vulture funds. Without robust regulations, an individual home owner does not stand a chance against unfettered international banks, for there are no ethics in business. www.vulturesireland.ie for further information.
Similar rulings already having been issued over murals of rapper Stormzy, environmentalist David Attenborough and the iconic Horseboy mural in Smithfield.
In a letter issued to Subset, DCC describes the ‘Think & Wonder’ artwork as “advertising mural”, going on to say that the matter is “under investigation by the Planning Enforcement Section of Dublin City Council”.
This piece was produced as part of a wider series of artworks titled “Mental Health”.The aim being to spark consideration and conversation regarding the relationship each person has with themselves. And the necessity to work at and maintain it’s progress and development. #dublin pic.twitter.com/lJ54M1Z2BU
— SUBSET (@SubsetDublin) October 15, 2019
With many crediting the group with brightening up the city, it would be a shame to see another of their masterpieces bite the dust.