THE CITY of Derry's iconic Derry Girls mural has gotten a makeover to remind people of the importance of adhering to coronavirus measures.
The mural was originally painted in 2019 as Derry Girls became one of Ireland's most recognisable and beloved shows-- arguably reaching the level of Father Ted-- and is now a landmark in the city, drawing countless tourists to the spot each year.
Can’t come here & not get your picture taken at the Derry Girls mural. It’s even more impressive in real life, fairly puts the Belfast ones of lads in balaclavas with tiny eyes & lips into perspective 🥴 thx to the amazing crowd last night, show was unreal! Until next time 👨🏼🦲🙌🏻👨🏻 pic.twitter.com/HnD84gatSV
— Paddy Raff (@paddyraffcomedy) February 8, 2020
Now, with the world a changed place, Derry artist collective UV Arts have tweaked the details on their mural a little, with the result that the Derry Girls-- and the wee English fella-- are now all wearing masks.
The award-winning organisation, who are behind the original mural, have been spending recent weeks creating 'clean graffiti' in Derry with tags reminding people to keep a safe distance from each other when out and about...
With the amazing weather this weekend we partnered with @dcsdcouncil to create some "clean graffiti" reminding everyone to keep their distance and do the right thing, stay safe and stay at home. And please clean up after yer dog! #StayHomeSaveLifes #Derry pic.twitter.com/w0qGb7hiM9
— UV Arts C.I.C (@uvartscic) April 10, 2020
And the artists took to Twitter yesterday, Thursday 24 April, to show off the new additions to the mural with the caption:
"Derry girls, and the wee English fella have been doing their bit to stay safe and stay at home, just like you!
"Uppa NHS and a massive thank you to all our key workers and volunteers for the epic work they're doing!"
Derry girls, and the wee English fella have been doing their bit to stay safe and stay at home, just like you! Uppa NHS and a massive thank you to all our keyworkers and volunteers for the epic work they're doing! @dcsdcouncil @Derryvisitor @Channel4 @4Creative pic.twitter.com/eoEvn2QneQ
— UV Arts C.I.C (@uvartscic) April 23, 2020
Well done to everyone involved, and remember-- the more everyone follows the guidelines, the faster lockdown will be over, and the quicker we get the much-anticipated season 3 of Derry Girls!
So wise up!