Belfast street artist hopes Obama style art on peaceline will be 'message of hope'

Street artist Glen Molloy paints a picture of Jesus on the Peaceline near Cupar Way, it is done in the style of the iconic "Hope" image of Barack Obama designed by artist Shepard Fairey Picture Mal McCann.
Marie Louise McConville

A Belfast street artist has created a "message of hope" on the city's famous peace wall amid the troubling times of coronavirus.

Glen Molloy spent just one day creating the image of Jesus Christ near Cupar Way, in between the Falls Road and the Shankill Road.

The artwork is created in the style of the iconic `Hope' poster of Barack Obama, designed by artist Shepard Fairey which came to represent his 2008 presidential campaign.

The poster consisted of a stylized stencil portrait of Obama in solid red, beige and blue, with the word `hope' underneath his image.

Street artist Glen Molloy said he decided to adopt the style as it is iconic.

Speaking to the Irish News, he said he hoped the piece of art would be seen as a "message of hope".

"It's just something positive in these scary times. The world has gone crazy and I just wanted to do a message of hope. I am hoping they take away something positive".

Mr Molloy added: "That place is almost like a no man's land and a lot of people pass both sides and it just seemed like the perfect place to do it. "

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