Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

1258. Upfest 2017 (122)

I think that this was probably the most photographed wall at Upfest 2017. It is certainly one of the best, if not the best, spot at the festival and this time it was given a magnificent makeover by Kobra.

Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

It is a fascinating rendition of John Lennon in the style so typical of Kobra, using geometric shapes and contrasting colours as an overlay to the portrait. As a strong statement in street art, this piece is exceptional, and pretty much stole the show amongst the visiting public. I have only one slight uncertainty about the piece and that is the relevance of John Lennon to Bristol – but perhaps I am being a little parochial about this.

Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Many of the visitors who came to the festival would not have seen this piece without the cherry-picker parked in front of it, which wasn’t removed until the Monday  or Tuesday after the event, which is a real pity.

Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Since seeing this piece, tmy first by Kobra, I was lucky enough to come across a couple more in Williamsburg, New York, which I hope to post here if I ever get through my growing backlogs.

Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Kobra, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Make no mistake though the scale and nature of this piece make it a real winner, a stunner and a must-see wall if you happen to visit Bristol, before it goes this July.

 

 

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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my profile...to this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

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