Published Friday, 31 August 2012
Inspired by England's famous street artist Banksy, 25 students and tutors descended on the city's streets on Friday armed with fabric, rugs, cushions and tools to begin their transformation.
Yarn and textile bombing is another form of street art - but these Belfast students swapped paint for fabric.
Alison Gault, lecturer in Fashion and Knit Design at the University of Ulster, said the art challenge was a great showcase for the students' creativity.
"Students will be stretching their talents by utilising various textile products available at IKEA to decorate this well-known area of Belfast and bring an interior quality to an urban landscape.
"The use of textiles is a wonderful and inexpensive way to transform interior and exterior spaces and this is a challenging and highly rewarding project for everyone involved."
Designers from IKEA also took part in the challenge and the store's Lisa Ward said she had enjoyed working with the students.
"Our main aim is to show that, in these difficult times, the average household doesn't need to spend a fortune on revamping interior style, for such products and fabrics can bring style and vibrancy where you would least expect it.
"We're happy to have made our mark on Belfast in more ways than one," added Lisa.
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