My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

2188. Windmill Hill (1)

I know that some of you will have been waiting for me to post this, as it is an internationally high-profile collaboration by My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton and is already deeply embedded in the ‘datasphere’. Nonetheless I wanted to give you my own perspective of this wondrous Bristol piece.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Firstly, props to Upfest for organising this special event. This year Upfest are taking a rest, a fallow year, from the Summer street art festival. Instead they are going to be orchestrating a few large and significant walls like this one, which will continue to keep Bristol firmly on the street art map.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

While I am certainly familiar with the work of My Dog Sighs, I don’t think I have come across Curtis Hylton before, but he is an artist/muralist based in Hampshire, which is probably why he teamed up with MDS who lives in Portsmouth. Curtis painted the amazing artwork surrounding the eyes by MDS. The blue feathers on the left hand side, I believe are of a kingfisher, and in a WIP shot I saw from Paul121 showed some orange feathers, which were subsequently replaced with blue.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Eyes are one of the things that MDS specialises in and this one shows a very Bristol scene… the windmill is from Windmill Hill, the balloons from the Bristol balloon fiesta (one of the largest in Europe) and the Clifton suspension bridge. The silhouette runs through the middle of the eye with an extraordinary orange below and stunning sky scene and reflected eyelashes above. Just amazing.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

The eye on the right hand side of the piece shows the same scene… it would look very odd if it didn’t.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Surrounding this his eye is a different scene altogether. Beautiful cream roses and rose petals, together with some other flowers just below the eye. Taken as a whole the collaboration is beyond impressive, and one of the best to be seen in Bristol for a long time.

My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019
My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hylton, Windmill Hill, Bristol, April 2019

Just to the right of the piece, the artists completed the wall with further decorations that on their own world be worth the trip, let alone the main work. MDS has really nailed the water drops here. I am going to try and see if I can copy them this weekend, if I get a chance to practice in the garden. Not holding my breath though.

Great to have this world-class piece in Bristol. Bravo My Dog Sighs and Curtis Hilton.

 

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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.

12 thoughts on “2188. Windmill Hill (1)”

  1. It was quite literally an honour to watch these two paint this massive and so very beautiful mural over the course of a few days.
    Such very friendly guys and so very talented.
    I managed to get a little vid of MDS spraying a water droplet from start to finish and he then actually asked me to get him some paper and then he sprayed me my very own (yes I will be getting it framed) 🙂
    If you’re going to have a go at doing your own, they are very easy yet look so very skilled, remember to use translucent black and white or you wont get the effect you’re looking for . . . 😉

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