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# Out of this World
This Dublin artist's amazing astronaut mural is Chris Hadfield-approved
Is there higher praise than that? We don’t think so.

IF YOU’VE BEEN on Dublin’s South William Street recently, you might have spotted this gigantic astronaut reaching out at you from the wall of the Busyfeet & Coco Café.

The mural was painted in December of last year, but caught the eye of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield when he was in Dublin last week.

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Hadfield shared the mural by artist Shane Sutton with his 700,000 followers, writing:

I felt oddly like the big gloved hand was going to reach out and grab me as I walked by.

Sutton’s artwork has since been shared and retweeted thousands of times, and he’s only delighted.

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“My phone was pinging and I thought it was all just spam, but I checked it and saw a few people had tagged me,” he told “It’s really great that so many people have seen it – I didn’t realise it would be this popular.”

Astronauts are a common theme in Sutton’s work – here’s another big piece on an interior wall in Dublin:

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Sutton says the South William Street mural has around three weeks left before a new artist takes over the wall – so get on down and see some astronaut-approved artwork while you still can.

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