Watch “Films of Innocence”

By Bob Boilen (NPR)

Tomorrow, as a companion to U2’s album Songs of Innocence, the band is releasing Films of Innocence, one video for each song on the album. But today we’ve got an early preview of the video for “Song for Someone,” which shows the creation of a mural by the British painter Mode 2 in the town of Omagh in Northern Ireland. The video will be available here until 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Omagh is a town with a history of violence between Britain and Northern Ireland, including a 1998 car bomb that killed 29 people. Watching this mural take shape, one can of spray paint at a time, is riveting.

The videos that make up Films of Innocence were produced by a creative agency in London known as MAD agency, and all feature urban artists creating work inspired by the political murals of Northern Ireland. Mode 2 told them about the challenges of making art out of the song he was given. “[I]nterpreting the lyrics that I had heard into a stand-alone narrative that would be made-to-fit for Omagh, was a huge challenge in itself. However dark things may have been or may still be, in some isolated cases, I had to transform all the elements that I had into something that would somehow be positive and hopeful, though I also did not want to have everything seeming too literal…”

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