Belfast & Northern Ireland

Flying With Wings in new Belfast Mural

14 May 2019
Bullitt Hotel has teamed up with local artist Leo Boyd, walking tour company DC Tours and Jameson Irish Whiskey to create a striking new piece of street art desgined to immerse the public within its eye-catching design. ‘Belfast Romances’ is emblazoned across Bullitt’s external wall facing onto Jubilee Gardens on Victoria Street. Created in a pop-art style, the colourful artwork is an ode to the artist’s favourite things and will form a new stop on the popular city walking tour.
 
“This piece is constructed using screen printing, paste ups, stencils and painting and it recasts Belfast as a city in a pop-art, day-glo disaster zone," said artist Leo Boyd of his latest work. "Belfast Romances is a mash up of some of my favourite things, from ’60s romance comics, B-movie posters, meat wagons and UFOs, with a Godzilla thrown in for good measure.”
 
Mark Wylie, owner of DC Tours added: “Visitors on our city walking tours regularly say our tour helps them fall in love with the city of Belfast, as we explore not only what we have gone through, but also our resilience and how far we have come in recent years.  We wanted to give them a special memory of their visit to Belfast, and so we came up with the idea to create a piece of street art that could actually become part of the tour. 

"Leo Boyd is a fantastic local artist and an obvious choice for us, as he has such a unique and fun vision of the city. The collaboration with Bullitt and Jameson has been brilliant; they absolutely got what we are trying to do and were onboard from the minute we showed them the idea. ‘Belfast Romances’ is a love story of sorts; where the guest can actually become immersed in our story, and so become part of the city, and create a fun way to remember their visit.”

And Mark and the DC Tours team have a lot to celebrate, as they have been named finalists in the NI Tourism Awards category 'Authentic NI Experience (Tours, Trails and Immersive)'.

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