One of my favourite pieces of graffiti in Dublin was Eine’s ‘Prison Food’ piece, upon the City Arts Centre. Eine is a pretty huge name in graffiti and street art circles, with David Cameron bizarrely presenting Barack Obama with one of his works as an official gift in July 2010.
Eine told the story of this piece in the recent book, A Visual Feast, which explored Irish graffiti and street art, from the murals of Derry to the backlanes of Dublin. He told of how the piece was illegal, and midway through painting it he found himself hiding in a bush from Gardaí. Just what it means is anyone’s guess!
Sadly, I heard today that this piece has been painted over, and is no more. All street art is temporary, but I’ll miss this one.