Photo by George Row of mural by Julius Guzy at Lincoln Court in Derry / Londonderry: I'm a local celebrity get me out of here., 2006, Acrylic, 40 x 3 metres
This mural was commissioned by the Lincoln Court Community Centre and partly funded by Groundwork N.I..
Picture from Londonderry Sentinel showing me, sponsors and local children at opening of Lincoln Court Mural, 2006, Acrylic, 40 x 3 metres
The picture has the title I'm a local celebrity get me out of here. All the human figures represent young people from the local community dressed as they were on the day I took their photograph
The mural looks like it might tell a story but it doesn't, even though I can tell a story that makes a kind of sense.
It starts at its leftmost end where a couple of babies laughing hysterically on top of a pile of apples next to an apple tree. Next is a very young girl standing on top of a white horse, ignoring the apples in the tree above her and instead reaching out to an orange on a neighbouring orange tree. Beneath the orange tree a mother holds up her baby to gather an orange. Next to her a young girl on the back of a demonic ostrich is also reaching for an orange as is also a boy hanging from the neck of a giraffe. Next to the orange tree is a cherry tree and its cherries are being reached for by a girl also on a giraffe.
These are the trees and fruits of knowledge.
As the childgren grow they move out of the orchard riding horses. But there is an obstacle, the horses rear up and have to be dragged accrosss a river guarded by a couple of enormous alligators (crocodiles). To distract them a whole gang of teenagers is waving and shouting at them from a tree by the waterside.
Once accross the water, they go off into the jungle at a mad rush, riding on horses or elephants or running with grayhouds, foxes, lions, tigers, snow leopards and cheetahs. Then suddenly a whole herd of elephants comes rushing out of the forest and almost tramples them down, but luckily they are coming out of the jungle and stop to look out upon a cultured Italianate, Renaiscance cedar strewn mediterranean landscape. A brilliant yellow sun hangs low in the sky, its brightness reflected in the cool sea and they can see the coast, much like the coast of Antrim stretching out into the distance. The land of the interior is of rolling green hills and woodland hedges like the beautiful ladscape around Derry / Londonderry. And yes, on one of the hills can be seen the buildings of Lincoln Court with its mural painted by me, Julius Guzy.
The young people rest for a while before moving on but the land is now rising fast and they are forced to climb, leaving their animals behind. The land they're climbing has on it the remains of an ancient castle, which scene I took from my own climbing of rough, thorn bush covered, almost impenetrable hills in Provincvia de Valencia in Spain capped by the ruins of old Moorish castles. They help each other up the steep cliffs.
On reaching the summit they enter a cedar and pine forest. Night is falling. The last rays of the sun illuminate the upper heights of the Pyrenees, (where I got seriously lost a few years back). In fact the form of the mountains are taken from a photo of mountains near the Black Sea. There is a chill so they light a camp fire and stand around it to keep warm.
Their presence has disturbed a family of black bears, momma bear with her cubs in front. The front cub leaps extatically up towards the most glorious Aurora Borealis, the spectacle of the Northern Lights, hanging out of the sky above a most wonderous Antarctic landscape.
The young people do not stop there. They keep climbing towards the stars. The last we see of them is of one of the young women climbing past a cave in which two polar bear cubs are looking at her licking their chops, and momma polar bear is climbing also, her teeth bright and her hunger sharp.
Mural at Lincoln Court in Derry / Londonderry: I'm a local celebrity get me out of here. Photograph taken prior to completion of central section of three elephants not yet desporting their riders and of figures looking out over Italianate landscape., 2005, Acrylic, 40 x 3 metres
George Row is a photographer currently specialising in Qucktime VR Panoramas some of which may be seen at veryderry.com/.