This piece was painted in the middle of blizzard, in temperatures so low the paint froze. However the artists were only here for a short time, so heroically they continued on despite the uncomfortable conditions. The pocket park on Tower Street was developed in 2011 to replace a derelict site, and included some heritage signage which related to the local linen industry. Noman Clan chose to include this in their mural, depicting a modern woman who resembles a flax gatherer, encircled by a whirl of light and flax flowers which symbolise the energy and life the flax industry sustained. There is a surreal dream-like environment around the figure, which relates to a folktale which tells how flax was introduced by other worldly beings who dwelt on the Shahbna mountain. The piece was painted before Vault Artist Studios took up residence on Tower Street but now seems like a beautiful forerunner of the studio's arrival and all the art that they have brought to the area.

Funded by Urban Villages, commissioned by Eastside Partnership and managed by Seedhead Arts. 

Created on December 21, 2017
165 Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4 1EF, UK

Hunted by Adam Turkington.

Marker details

Marker typeartwork
CountryUnited Kingdom