LIMERICK’s first dedicated area for so-called street art is already proving to be a hit with street artists from across the city and further afield.
More than 100 metres of timber hoarding at the junction of Athlunkard Street and Island Road has been officially unveiled by the local authority as an “authorised area” for such activity.
Since the weekend several artists using tags such as limerockers, KD and -tvkasz- have already availed of the hoarding to show off their for their street art.
The hoarding has been sanctioned by Limerick City Council in association with the Limerick College of Art and Design and the City Art Gallery.
“It provides a structure to foster the creative and innovative instincts of artists,” said Paul Foley of the Environment Department at Limerick City Council who added that some of the art already sprayed on the hoarding is “really good stuff”.
The eight-foot-high hoarding, which is located across the road from St Mary’s church, bounds a derelict site which is owned by Limerick City Council.
The unveiling of the street-art area is in direct response to an increase in illegal graffiti in the city centre.
In recent months, retailers and other businesses in the city centre called for action from the local authority after illegal graffiti and tags were sprayed on the security shutters outside dozens of different premises.
More that 30 on-the-spot fines have now been issued by Limerick City Council in relation to those offences.
The Limerick Chronicle understands that only a small number of the fines have been paid to date and that the local authority is likely to initiate court proceedings against those who don’t pay the €150 fine within 28 days of the fines being issued.
In September, a young woman from County Clare and a youth from Limerick city were fined at Limerick Court after they were prosecuted in relation to illegal graffiti at Canal Bank.