Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

2082. Nelson Street (8)

My oh my! A couple of weeks ago this utterly remarkable collaboration by Smak and Sled One appeared on the hoardings in Nelson Street which have in recent times been a bit of an ASK playground. It is quite one of the best collaborations I have seen for a long while, and I don’t think that Bristolians, in the main, realise just how privileged we are to have art this good decorating our streets.

Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

On the left of the wall is a magnifcent oriental style leopard in rampant attitude rather menacingly advancing towards a poor unsuspecting child.

Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

This is one of the finest character pieces I have seen by Smak, and it seems that he is planing on doing more, which is great news.

Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

The whole collaboration is set on a grey background and shares a general colour palette of greys, reds and yellows.

Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

To the right of the wall we are spoiled by a magnificent story from Sled One, where a crane is delivering a little baby suspended in a cloth from its beak. It looks like the baby is prepared to take on the leopard as it is armed with a samurai sword and is wearing a mask. Even the red decorations on the grey patches of the piece ooze class.

Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

This is not the first time that Sled One has incorporated a samurai into his work and is would appear to be a theme he enjoys. This is a world-class collaboration that we in Bristol are lucky to have and I thoroughly recommend that anyone living in Bristol makes a detour to Nelson Street to see it if planning a shopping trip to the centre.

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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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