Irish graffiti artist Maser creates 'Repeal the 8th' mural in Temple Bar

The project behind it say it's designed to create open discussion about abortion.

Irish graffiti artist Maser creates 'Repeal the 8th' mural in Temple Bar

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A new 'Repeal the 8th' mural is making a big statement in Dublin this week.

The piece, which can be seen on the side of the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar, was commissioned by an Irish project called 'HunReal Issues'. 

It was created by Irish graffiti artist, Maser, for 'HunReal Issues' in order to draw attention to the Repeal the 8th campaign.

HunReal's founder told Newstalk that the project was created to spread the message about repealing the 8th and other political issues to a wider audience.

"The whole goal of The HunReal Issues is to add more voices who aren’t traditionally into politics and current affairs into the conversation and having something on the street, slap bang in the middle of Temple Bar seemed like the perfect way to do that." 

Originally they asked Maser to create a design to use on their social media but he offered to paint it on a large scare for them.

"We’d been going through different ideas with him and he created the graphic that’s on the wall. We just thought we could use it on our Facebook but he just said ‘Find me a wall and I’ll paint it.'"

 They hope that this mural will open up a public forum about the campaign and allow people to feel more comfortable with sharing their views.

“We’ve found that some people are afraid to talk about Repeal the 8th and even say the word abortion. Bodily autonomy is a woman’s basic human right and because there’s a fear about even talking about it, it’s become stigmatized.”

“The more we talk about it, explore what repealing it actually means and what comes afterwards; how many people it has affected, and continues to affect; the less stigmatized women’s healthcare decisions become.”

They said that artwork will be staying in Temple Bar for the foreseeable future.

"The team in The Project Arts Centre have been so amazing. We’ve set no time limit on it with them, when it’s time for it to come down, it’ll be time for it to come down."

This isn't the first time a mural like this has caught people's attention in Dublin. Many will remember the Marriage Equality piece created last year by artist Joe Caslin. 

Or the mural of 1916 women, which appeared overnight on George’s St in March, which was created by artist Gearoid O’Dea and featured three women who each played an major role in the Easter Rising: Grace Gifford-Plunkett, Countess Markievicz, and Margaret Pearse.