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In this immersive podcast series, we talk to some of Dublin's most prolific street artists. As we visit their murals around the Smithfield area, we discover the story behind the pieces we know so well.

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1st stop

Artist: Subset

Location: Stirrup lane

Our first stop is ‘Horse Boy’, one of Dublin’s most iconic murals. Painted by Subset, this mural became the subject of debate around planning legislation when reports emerged that Dublin City Council had ordered the piece to be removed. Here we talk to Subset about the mural and the process of creating art in the capital.

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2nd stop

Artist: Subset

Location: Burgess lane

Our next stop is Haymarket, Smithfield where there are three more Subset pieces. The first piece is a boat and its abstract reflection. The second is a photorealistic portrait of an unidentified character, while the third is a colourful mobius. Subset join us again to tell us more.

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3rd stop

Artist: Signs of Power

Location: Benburb street

Signs of Power is known for her bold typography and graphic depictions of our favourite Irish sayings. ‘Me Auld Flower’ has become one of the most captivating murals in Dublin, and at this stop, Signs of Power talks about her process and being part of the street art scene.

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4th stop

Artist: James earley

Location: The hendrick hotel

Next we move to The Hendrick – Dublin’s dedicated street art hotel. The six-storey building is home to some of the city’s most vibrant pieces and includes work from James Early. James joins us to chat about how his family background in stained glass informed and inspired his unique style.

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5th stop

Artist: Vadis & Tilf

Location: 80A King Street North

Above Smithfield Square, this huge piece represents the joy of music. This collaborative art was created by two Italian artists, Valdis and Tiff. The duo painted the piece as part of the MURO Street Art Festival in Dublin. Here, we chat to the Festival Curator, Anna.

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6th stop

Artist: Stephen Heffernan

Location: Jameson Distillery Bow St.

At Bow St., we chat to artist Stephen Heffernan about his mural which is meant to be used as a landmark for visitors. Stephen has been working with Jameson to design the 2020 Limited Edition bottle and here he tells us about the inspiration behind both designs.

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The route

The City Speaks Street Art walking tour will guide you through the historic Smithfield area. The route is approximately 1.6km in length and it will take you just over one hour to complete. Take a look at the map below to see the route in full, along with each stop laid out.

After you've made your way around Smithfield looking at and learning about these unreal pieces, you'll head to your final stop at Jameson Distillery Bow St. to check out a mural designed by Hephee. After being closed for some months, we are delighted to see the distillery back open to the public offering amazing experiences and delicious cocktails. And since you immersed yourself in some of the best street art Dublin has to offer, you deserve a reward. Until the end of August, Jameson is offering 2-for-1 across all experiences when you pre-book on using the promo code STAYCATION.

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