Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Time-lapse video: Transformation of Belfast Sandy Row mural from gunman to King William of Orange

The local community and artist Ross Wilson painted over the paramilitary gunman and replaced it with 'A Portrait of a King', a mural of King William III.
The local community and artist Ross Wilson painted over the paramilitary gunman and replaced it with 'A Portrait of a King', a mural of King William III.

The transformation of one of the world's most photographed walls has been documented in a time-lapse video.

Filmmakers Oisin Kearney and Sarah Ashley-Cantello captured the re-imaging of the huge Ulster Freedom Fighters mural at Sandy Row in south Belfast in June 2012.

The film uses thousands of still images to tell the story of one week when the local community and artist Ross Wilson painted over the paramilitary gunman and replaced it with 'A Portrait of a King', a mural of King William of Orange.

Set to an original soundtrack composed especially for the project by Barry's Electric Workshop, and using field recordings from the Sandy Row area, the film (below) captures the moment.

Artist Ross Wilson said the mural shows William III - not on a horse - but an actual portrait of him as a person.

He said it was the end of an era but the "beginning of the future".

The UFF murdered more than 250 people during the Troubles - most of them Catholics - and was stood down six years ago.

Scores of paramilitary murals have been replaced in both communities.