I rather like the idea of art giving a new lease of life to a town. It’s a very gentle sort of graffiti I suppose and is starting to attract new business apparently. Bushmills of course is famous for its whiskey.
Life Through Art
|Bushmills’ listless, lifeless streets,
ghosts of boarded shops,
unlit, unloved, unused,
consigned to dusty memories of a prior age.
A town is dying
Brightened with a new facade,
Life through art
1st September 2013 – headline from the Daily Mail
Notes: “Boarded up shops in recession-hit town painted over so they look like they’re still in business.” Hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through the town of Bushmills to reach one of Northern Ireland’s biggest attractions- the Giant’s Causeway. But for the recession-hit Northern Irish town, the appearance of prosperity comes from a creative scheme that rejuvenates boarded up windows and doors with colourful paintings. The Brighter Bushmills Project aims to use graphics and artwork to encourage tourists to visit the town where Bushmills whiskey was distilled for the first time. The project has given around a dozen vacant units a facelift. Broken windows and unused doors have been covered with scenes of buzzing businesses. Now, the village is becoming recognisable for highly detailed artwork and graphics that brighten up its main street.
- Fake storefronts draw tourists to Irish town of Bushmills (irishcentral.com)