Turoe and Hemper, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

4144. M32 roundabout J3 (370)

This piece makes me laugh a little, because it involved another encounter with two great graffiti writers, Turoe and Hemper, or as I like to think of them, Mr Grumpy and Mr Happy. I got the cold-shoulder treatment from Turoe, which I am getting used to, but Hemper was happy to engage in a little conversation as they worked on this fabulous collaborative piece.

Turoe and Hemper, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Turoe and Hemper, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

The colour scheme was shared by both artists, but each worked at their own pieces with their own styles, spelling out TUROE and HEMP respectively. The WIP shot was taken on a bright winter’s day with long shadows cast across the wall. When I went back to photograph the finished collaboration, I did so in overcast conditions, which got rid of those pesky shadows.

Turoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Turoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

To the left is Turoe’s piece, which sets the theme of plastic litter in an aquatic setting. Look carefully and around the letters are loads of plastic items and PPE equipment, a sad observation of the polluted world we live in, but also a motivator to take action.

Hemper, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Hemper, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

Hemper continues the theme of litter, and the pieces are all the more powerful for sticking to a single colour. The litter becomes more ethereal as it swirls around the block letters spelling HEMS. This is a fabulous collaboration from these two top writers.

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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.

6 thoughts on “4144. M32 roundabout J3 (370)”

  1. It’s good people have artistic abilities as long it is used to the betterment of society.

    On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, Natural adventures wrote:

    > scooj posted: “This piece makes me laugh a little, because it involved > another encounter with two great graffiti writers, Turoe and Hemper, or as > I like to think of them, Mr Grumpy and Mr Happy. I got the cold-shoulder > treatment from Turoe, which I am getting used to, b” >

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  2. Hi Scooj,
    It great to catch up with you again. I’ve been so immersed in my WWI research projects through the last two years, that my blogging has dropped off quite a lot. However, this patch between Christmas and New Year seems ideal for catching up.
    Trying to overcome the full scale of our environmental catastrophe is incredibly daunting as an individual, even when I think of individuals joining together in a chain. However, when I look at all that went into four years of WWI both on the battlefield and the home front, it would be possible to channel that kind of effort into saving our planet instead of blowing it up. People are capable of incredible sacrifice for the greater good when they want to. However, there are always those who resist for whatever reason and many are quite understandable. I acknowledge the last two years have made me a lot more idealistic, and I’m also aware that being so absorbed in my covid project has significantly rewired my neuropathways and of course has most impact on my weakest link- my sense of direction.
    Hope you had a happy Christmas and here’s hoping for a happy new year all round.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Great to hear from you again. I keep plodding away with my daily posts, mainly as a routine or therapy, and because I enjoy it. My blog is my escape from work, kids, stress etc.

      I am an optimist, and although our planet is in big trouble, on so many fronts, I believe the penny is dropping, at least for citizens if not governments just yet. The next year or two will be pivotal.

      I hope you are coping with the madness of our pandemic existence, and that you too had a good Christmas.

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      1. Thanks, Scooj. That’s great you keep up the daily posts. I don’t know what happened but I cut back the blog a lot and have barely touched my violin since covid hit. I think the research took over and I’m aiming for more balance in the new year as well as a research grant or so. Take care and best wishes,
        Rowena

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      2. Great to have a big project to work on though. I have a few ideas I’d like to follow up… when I finally get to retire. Happy New Year to you and yours. Let’s hope 2022 brings us all something to smile about.

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