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Mural, Merrion Row, Dublin

Dead Meat by Conor Harrington,  Merrion Row,  Dublin


Conor Harrington is an Irish artist, now living in London.  This is part of his Dead Meat series, where he blends classical art, history and current topics.  In this work he is highlighting issues of consumerism and is using the dead meat (a deer in this mural) as a metaphor for waste and excess.


Updated 17 June 2016


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  1. Love this mural. Just walked past it this evening with my wife. We are visiting from LA.

    Maybe the animal is a fox? And mural is allusion to fox hunts, which are controversial in the UK generally, but I think may still be legal in Ireland.


    • It could well be related to that – it looks historical from the clothes they are wearing, but that certainly doesnt rule out the hunting idea.
      I hope you are having a great time in Dublin.


      • Yes, i think that’s part of the commentary of the painting. Fox hunting, as a tradition, originated with nobility and aristocrats. So that’s how this guy is dressed


        • Your comments inspired me to go hunting again for some more information. You weren’t far off in your thoughts on hunting. The dead deer is representing the greed and wastage side of consumerism, and it is blended with a touch of history. The artist is Conor Harrington. You’ll spot more of his work around Dublin – there’s one at Temple Bar

          On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:16 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:


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  2. It would be fascinating to know more: if there are any locals looking at it who know a bit more, do please leave some information here as a comment. It appears to have small illustrations of Dublin sights and people, but I don’t know the city well enough to be able to place them.


  3. Given the above comments, the artist has certainly generated an interesting conversation. I can imagine people walking by and stopping to take it all in. We all try to make sense out of what we see, but sometimes it’s a challenge. I like the ambiguity of it. Thanks for contributing to this week’s Monday Mural.


  4. I have a bit of trouble to understand this mural. Can’t get a good overview of it but perhaps that’s just the meaning of the artist. Thanks for showing.


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