12 August 2009

Irish Bicycle Street Art and Poetry

Thanks to one of our readers, 'Fantasy Jack Palance', for sending us this photo of some Dublin street art.

An old bicycle advert transformed into street art and poetry. Waxing melancholy for the good old days when the bicycle was a normal part of Dublin life.

It appears to be a reworking of an exisiting poem or song. If so, anyone know the original? Whatever the case it's brilliant and quite lovely.

A contrast to the also brilliant Enjoy Your Invisible Shit-ass Bikes stickers seen in Dublin previously.

Here's the text on the poster:

A Bike in Town? In This Old Town?

Dublin is fine but now I miss the emigration grounds.
Running up the town, running down the town.
Watch crowds flood that empty road.
Cars grinding by block down.
The vans they'll try to take you down.
Cars and Blues on the right of town.

But the Police don't mind you there.
Lights at night no-one cares.
One way streets no not one stare.
Not one shout.
Not one frown.
Not one fool to cut you down.
Seemed a nicer place, my bike and that sunny old town.

Poor Dublin Town.
Damn but it drags me down.


le homme au velo said...

I like it,it looks great I have not seen it myself. I am trying to figure out where it is in Dublin. It looks like South Anne Street or Duke Street or even Leeson Street up beside Saint Stephens Green.
I will have to search around for this myself now and Photograph it before it is gone.

Thanks for showing that.

Graham White said...

The one pictured is on Merrion Row, at the corner of Ely Place. There is another one at the traffic lights at the crossing to St. Stephens Green just at the Bank of Ireland on the corner of St. Stephens Green/Merrion Row.

fjp said...

I've also seen the one at Stephen's Green near Merrion Row, and it's actually different to the one in the post. Same general idea (old bike ad) but with different text content!

Robert P, Dublin said...

And there's another beside the Dame Lane door of the Stag's Head.

Are there any up at the Deerpark, I wonder?
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Also: 4 Dubs- woot! (Though I've not yet set eyes on fjp, I don't think.)

Robert P said...

PS Is the song supposed to be sung to the tune of Damien Dempsey's 'Dublin Town'? It's just occurred to me this second.

Could be 'Golden Brown' by The Stranglers, though, now that I think of it.


le homme au velo said...

Thanks everybody ,I was in the Citycentre Yesterday Thursday and seen the one at Ely Place and Snapped it with me Mobile Phone.

I also seen a Flying Pigeon Chinese Bike Parked across the Road from it,it is in the same Style as a Traditional European Bike. Though this one had a lot of Rust Patches showing on it especially on the Chrome Parts. It seemed not to be an Old Bike.

Garrett said...

I think the music is probably "dirty old town" as rendered by the Pogues, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVUZuVZWHkk

I'm just back from Copenhagen, hoping Dublin can catch up soon. Its not so much about the bike infrastructure, so much as the deference cars show to bikes.

Driving Licence said...

That's a great text write on the poster. I think bicycles are good vehicles for everyone. The same poster is on the traffic lights of St. Stephens Green. I have also a bicycle of old fashion. After 15 years it is in the good condition. Because my father takecare of it very much. Main advantage of bicycle is no driving licence and no registration required.
thanks for showing the poster of old fashioned bicycle.