See No Evil Urban Art Project
Bristol is a hub for creative activity from music to theatre to countless festivals to urban art. In fact, thinking about it perhaps the move back to the West Country should be given a shout out in my Self Portrait post because it has certainly had a hand in inspiring my creative mind.
So, yesterday I visited Nelson Street for the 2nd time to muse over the mind-blowing See No Evil urban art project that took place in Bristol during August. For those of you who missed the news coverage, over 70 artists from around the world transformed one of THE most depressing and ugly streets in Bristol. To put it into context I have avoided walking down Nelson Street for years, largely due to its oppressive, high rise, dark, polluted, dirty appearance. Hardly a highlight of Bristol!
The regenerated area is truly inspiring. I love it and commend the integration of nature & comedic works that go hand in hand with Bristol’s laid back style. See No Evil is perhaps a wake up call to other councils across the land that urban art can make a positive contribution to our cities. Yes, tagging and amateur graffiti is often awful, mindless & destructive but lets embrace real urban artists & their extraordinary talents, lets showcase them to the world!
(Source: Flickr / debdaz)