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New Belfast Art Installation celebrates BMX bikers

Published: Thur, 1 Sep 2016
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Lagan Village BMX Riders Club.
BMX Mural 3
A stunning new art installation has been unveiled with help from us.
Lagan Village BMX Riders Club has joined forces with local graffiti artist Glen Molloy to create an impressive mural on the Ravenhill Road depicting a biker in full flight.
Young members of the BMX Club also helped create the new mural and were on hand to celebrate the unveiling.
Permission for the installation at Dunvegan Street was provided by Mr Ali, originally from Pakistan, who has been living in Northern Ireland for almost 40 years and owns a corner shop at the site.
Community Worker George Newell said:
“I’d like to congratulate the young people involved in this very positive initiative – it was their vision to have this cyclist depicted this way as they wanted local murals to reflect them and their interests.
“The result is stunning – Glen Molloy did a fantastic job developing the ideas put forward by the young people and creating the artwork we see today.
“Sincere thanks also go to Mr Ali, whose shop gable wall was once a target for unsightly graffiti – without his permission, this beautiful artwork would not have been possible.”
Lagan Village BMX Riders Club was formed six months ago and already has over 30 members, with a big focus on inter-generational activity, as ages range from three years old to sixty years old.
Our South Belfast Area Manager believes:
“Art installations like this are actually a mirror on our society, reflecting positive activities that happen in our community every day.
“We always look for new, creative and better ways to do things and this is a prime example of confidently bringing our creative mural culture into the twenty first century.”