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Part of the results of Bristol Graffiti Festival

Over the summer Bristol held an international street art festival. The results are still very much on display and have transformed one of the ‘transition’ areas of the city centre. Bridewell Street, Quay Street and Nelson Street lie in between Broadmead and The Centre areas. These streets were pretty much razed to the ground by WWII bombing and replaced with 1960s brutalist architecture. It’s a seedy, uneasy kind of place – ideal for a spot of transformation. In the city which gave us Banksy*, it’s appropriate to showcase other internationally acclaimed street artists in style.

I spent a happy hour photographing the art and the people passing by last Friday. It was a typically dull November day, so camera shutter speeds were slow. However, the blurred people in my photographs seemed to emphasise the uneasy, transitional feel this area of Bristol has.

Tats Cru hail from New York.

I’ve shown examples of Street Art from Bristol before – have a look at the Graffiti label if you’d like to see them. Expect plenty more jaw dropping images and some surprise discoveries to come 🙂

And if anyone knows what was being filmed at the old police station last week, I’d love to know.

* = ironically since this festival, one of Banksy’s originals on Park Row (the aiming rifleman with the boy behind him ready to burst a paper bag – the link takes you through to my other blog where it’s the 2nd photo down) has been pretty much obliterated (this link shows it today with an interesting comment on the situation). I wonder how long these will last?

Park Street V

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And here is the real Banksy next to yesterday’s picture. Coincidentally the building originally housed a family planning advice centre when this was done. The council were going to erase it, but the Bristol public voted for it to stay. The blue paint was ‘added’ the first week the Banksy exhibition opened at the City Museum in June. As you can see not all of it could be removed without ruining the original painting.