Dan Kitchener: World famous street artist transforms south Belfast corner

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Dank — real name Dan Kitchener – produces his artwork through freehand spray paint.

The Londoner’s talents have seen him become one of the leading figures in street art, painting huge murals around the world in the States, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. but his most recent major project has taken place at 135 Ormeau Road.

It comes after the Lower Ormeau Road Traders’ Association received funding to make the road a more viable business destination.

Dan’s new work depicts the Ormeau Bridge lit up at night and reflected the Lagan River.

The mural has been placed at the corner of University Street, with the aim of deterring anti-social behaviour in the area and covering up previous vandalism there.

Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme earlier in the week, the famed street artist said he “always wants to get the vibe and the feeling” for the site and from people in the area then “try and mix my creative style into that”.

“It’s a window into another world – you want it to not blend in too much that you don’t notice it but you obviously don’t want it to jar with the environment so much that it terrifies people, so it’s a balance – always,” he added.

Dan has also worked with superstars in the music business including Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Fat Boy Slim and Miley Cyrus.

And this isn’t his first time producing work in Northern Ireland.

Last year, Dan transformed a dilapidated gable wall in Carrickfergus with a mural of the town’s castle.

‘Belfast – Blurry Eyed’ which was commissioned as part of Belfast Culture Night, places a traditional Belfast black taxi in a Japanese street scene, and can be found on Talbot Street.

Another colourful work, ‘Night Taxi’, can be seen on Enfield Street in the city.

Dan’s latest commission here has been funded as part of the Vibrant Business Grant, provided by the Department for Infrastructure and Belfast City Council.

It will be officially revealed and celebrated on March 16, as part of the Lower Ormeau Road Traders’ Association Spring Festival.

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