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Maser Crisis Murals

Contributed by Underware on Jul 23rd, 2012. Artwork published in 2010.
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Maser in action in an alley in the city centre of Dublin.

Source: http://www.flickr.com. Maser. License: All Rights Reserved.

Since crisis is currently a popular word in Europe, we could take this opportunity to make a Top-10 of “typefaces of the crisis”. This post is just a start. Curious to see more examples.

First, we have to be honest who was first in the current crisis: Iceland. Chapeaux. (any typeface personifying this?) A good runner-up however is Ireland, which was in a deep financial crisis already in autumn 2010, long before Greece or Spain. Well done.

The editorial teams of European newspapers had an easy time while selecting an image or photo accompanying articles about the Irish crisis. In 2009 and 2010 the Dublin based graffiti artist Maser created dozens of extremely large sized murals in the Irish public environment. They were hard to avoid. Texts said: “In a world full of shame + regret, do something to be proud of”. Or: “Greed is the knife & the scars run deep”. Perfect metaphor for an article about money obsessed managers, fucked up bankers, and other financial abuses. In November 2010 articles about the Irish crises published in the European press, were almost all without exception accompanied by pictures of Maser’s pieces. Maser became the messenger of the Irish crisis, and he told his mural stories with Bello.

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Mural by Maser at the streets of Dublin. A photo of this mural was used by the German weekly Der Spiegel in November 2010.

Source: http://www.flickr.com. Maser. License: All Rights Reserved.
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Large scale mural by Maser at the harbor of Dublin.

Source: http://www.flickr.com. Maser. License: All Rights Reserved.
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Article on the Irish crisis in the Dutch newspaper NRC next, november 2010.

Source: http://nrcnext.nl. Photo: Underware. NRC Next. License: All Rights Reserved.
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Article on the Irish crisis at the website of the English newspaper The Guardian, November 2010.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk. The Guardian. License: All Rights Reserved.
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Article in the Dutch newspaper NRC, november 2010

Source: http://www.nrc.nl. NRC. License: All Rights Reserved.

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