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New mural unveiled in Carrickfergus by leading street artist Dan Kitchener

A new Dan Kitchener mural in Carrickfergus. Picture by Mal McCann
Suzanne McGonagle

A new mural has been unveiled in Carrickfergus by leading street artist Dan Kitchener giving a graffiti-sprayed gable wall a vibrant new look.

The London-based artist, known as Dank, said his 'Castle' mural was based on a series of night-time photographs that he captured on his first night in the Co Antrim town.

Work began on the mural last week with his artwork replacing graffiti on the wall, which said ‘RIP GFA’ - a reference to the Good Friday Agreement.

Describing the artwork on his Facebook page, Dank said the mural "depicts a beautiful rainy night-time scene, glowing colours and reflections" with Carrickfergus Castle in the background.

He said it featured a "beautiful summer sunset in the sky - for me this captures the atmosphere of this lovely town".

The mural, which was created as part of his work with Northern Ireland Alternatives, was funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) through the Peace Impact Programme.

In another post he said, Dank said it was "epic new mural in beautiful Carrickfergus" and said it was painted freehand.

"Based on my photography it depicts a night time rainy street scene overlooking the iconic castle - with - painted freehand, all by eye," he wrote.

Dank has exhibited his work and painted numerous murals world-wide, working with numerous celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Kylie Minogue and The Prodigy.

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