Photographer's Note

This is a shot of Windmill Lane, a small street in central Dublin, in the south cities docklands area.

The street is most famous for the Windmill Lane studios, also known as the U2 studio. Originally the studio was used for recording traditional Irish music but U2 were the first rock band to use the place. After U2 came to use it, many other Irish acts followed, including Sinead O Connor, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello.

Today the studios themselves (not pictured here) have been renovated and are regarded as one of the finest in Ireland with the facility now boasting three top of the range recording studios as well as a creative hub for digital media training in music and film production and game design.

Although most noted for the iconic recording studio situated here, the street has also become famous for the graffiti which adorns literally every inch of the buildings here. There is graffiti on the walls, the road, the footpaths, the roadsigns and even the parking meters. Although it is widely believed that this area allows graffiti (known as a legal wall), there is no source to prove that is the case, and a search online will find many tales of taggers who have had their tools and paints confiscated by the local police when caught creating their artwork.

Despite this, the area still draws many street artists, and it is a known fact that anything you see on the walls today will likely be gone in a couple of weeks, as layer upon layer of new art gets added. Most likely, everything you can see in this shot here is now painted over with newer additions. This would explain why some graffiti artists have gone to great lengths to make their mark less accessible, including high up on the red bricked modern apartments to the right of this shot.

This tradition began with tourists signing the walls when they came to visit, in the hope that U2 might see it, then in 1996 the first major graffiti pieces appeared. It has grown significantly from that point and its the only place I know in Ireland where graffiti appears on the ground.

Despite the fame of this place, it does feel like a very run down area, and I guess the graffiti doesn't help as my natural inclination is to associate this kind of graffiti with more run down areas. Even though, it still gets many tourists who come from overseas to see this iconic place.

Thanks for looking.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
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