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Tuesday 6 December 2016

I hope giant mural of two men will further gay marriage debate, says artist

Giant mural on the corner of Dame Street is the work of artist Joe Caslin (below) who hopes to get people talking about the referendum.
Giant mural on the corner of Dame Street is the work of artist Joe Caslin (below) who hopes to get people talking about the referendum.
Giant mural on the corner of Dame Street is the work of artist Joe Caslin (below) who hopes to get people talking about the referendum.

THE artist behind a giant mural depicting two men embracing has said that he wants to get people talking ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum.

Joe Caslin is behind the artwork on George's Street.

It is based on the famous National Gallery painting The Meeting on the Turret Stairs about a princess and her bodyguard who fall in love but aren't allowed to marry.

"Here we are 1,000 years later and we're still talking about a higher power who can prevent that union taking place and that's the core thing - it's just about love," Joe said.

"I'm not trying to change anyone's opinion but it's a part of our society and that's what I'm trying to show," he said.

"If people don't like it that's fine and if they do then great - it's just there to provoke a conversation and it seems to have done that," he added. Another mural, depicting two women, is to be installed at another location this week.

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