Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

3852. Upfest 2021 75×75 (33)

I came across this fabulous collaboration between Andy Council and Acer One quite by accident while they were painting it. I was actually seeking out another Upfest 75×75 piece on West Street and drove through this road on a bit of a cut- through. Andy Council was chatting with some people, but I did manage to meet Acer One for the first time, and of course, he was a great guy happy to stop for a while and talk about his work and a host of other things.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

The whole piece is difficult to photograph, because the wall is long and there is car parking along the whole length. All the elements are interwoven with both artist’s work. The blue-green creatures are by Andy Council and the block geometric writing by Acer One.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

The writing spells out ‘CHALLENGE CORRUPTION’ which is becoming something of an anthem in out country at the moment. This conservative administration is, more than any before it, pushing rather sinister boundaries, most of which appear to be about securing power, rather than serving the people… sound familiar? Their latest wheeze is to drive through legislation to make it easier to jail journalists who write exposés criticising government and who won’t disclose their leak sources. Oh dear.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

I was able to study Acer One’s technique close up, and it is blindingly obvious really. He uses a trapezoid board, about a metre long and about 15 cm wide, with a handle in the middle, to act as a mask and measure for his letters, helping create the uniformity and sharp, straight lines of his writing. Finding out how he paints his letters has at last put to rest my curiosity.

Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21
Andy Council and Acer One, South Road, Bristol, June 2021, Upfest 21

Andy Councils creature, stitched together in several places, is wrapped around the lettering and is made up of separate blocks which look like they could be connected to each other, a little bit like a child’s toy like LEGO. The colours are imperial and the entire collaboration is rather grand. These two have been smashing it this year and it is lovely that they have been rewarded with this long wall for Upfest 2021.

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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.

4 thoughts on “3852. Upfest 2021 75×75 (33)”

  1. Have tried so many times to get any meaningful photographs of this beauty but like a few others I could mention I have yet to get lucky.
    Am hoping one day to get the entire piece in one photograph straight on lol . . .

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