LATVIAN STREET ARTIST STIKES IN NORTH WALES

A LATVIAN artist, who’s work can be found in a number of European locations, has been revealed as the person responsible for the two giant pirate murals that have recently appeared on an iconic landmark, on the North Wales Coastline.

The two pirate-like characters seemed to appear overnight, earlier this month, on the side of The Fun Ship, formally The Duke Of Lancaster, which has become a well-known landmark in Llanerch-y-Mor, near Mostyn. It has now been confirmed that they are the work of KIWIE, a street artist from Latvia.

KIWIE is an internationally renowned street artist, but like many in this world, operates under a pseudonym, keeping his real identify a total secret.

The artwork appears to be orchestrated by a group calling themselves Dudug, who have set up a website reporting on the works. Shortly after the murals appeared on the 17th August, a You Tube video was posted on their site.

The video depicts the work being done illegally at night; however a new video has since been added to the website, revealing the original version to be a spoof. The intricate art work did in fact take a number of days to complete, and were done under the watchful supervision of site security, which remains 24 x 7 at The Duke.

It is still as of yet unclear why KIWIE was in the UK, whether there are any other people involved with Dudug and how KIWIE himself came to target the ship. However, with his distinctive style, the works on the side of the Duke of Lancaster were quickly identified as that of the Latvian across social media networks and on street art blogs. This exposure has led to, at a conservative estimate, around 100,000 hits on the internet for the artwork in just over a week.

The painted characters, also known by the term KIWIES, are each 9 metres in height making them the biggest works ever created by the artist. They also include some key details about the Duke’s history in their design – with the year the ship was built (1956) on the blue pirate’s ear, and the year the ship was docked in Llanerch-y-Mor (10th Aug 1979) on its stomach.

Members of the Duke of Lancaster Appreciation Society (DOLAS) have been so far unable to shed any light on the appearance of the artwork but it appears none of them had any idea the cruise liner was going to be targeted by the street artist. It can also be confirmed that DOLAS and DUDUG operate completely separate from one another.

As the story unfolds, it leaves us all wondering what is next from Dudug?