Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022

4954. Hurlingham Road

Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022
Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022

I know exactly why I never posted this outstanding mural by Spike Clark in Hurlingham Road, it is because I was waiting for a clean photograph without cars parked in front of it. Well, I have given up. I think the cars are super-glued to the road, so I will have to post the pictures I have.

Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022
Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022

I had thought that Spike Clark was from out of town, and had written a paragraph about not needing to hire artists from elsewhere because there was such a pool of talent in the city, but it turns out that Spike Clarke works out of Bristol, so I have rewritten that paragraph. Spike Clark has produced this mesmerising ‘the quick brown fox’, which has become a significant landmark in this part of Bristol.

Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022
Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022

The honeycomb decoration is absolutely stunning and provides the perfect backdrop to the leaping foxes, each cell beautifully filled and colour coordinated. Liberal use of shadow black, or some other similar paint, provides the depth for each cell, creating a fabulous 3D effect.

Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022
Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022

The whole piece feels a bit like a time-lapse capture of the fox as it leaps along the wall. Foxes are always associated with Bristol, long before urban foxes were a national ‘thing’, Bristol had a strong and healthy population of foxes, and at one point played host to the most dense population of foxes ever recorded in the UK (on my allotment, in fact).

Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022
Spike Clark, Hurlingham Road, Bristol, June 2022

Maybe one day I will manage to capture this beauty in one face on photograph, but I am not holding my breath.

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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.

2 thoughts on “4954. Hurlingham Road”

  1. I saw this piece come together over the best part of a week but there was never anywhere to park up unfortunately.
    I have since tried to photograph it countless times, and whilst I have been a little luckier than you I am still hoping for that holy grail of shots plus video one day.
    There was a day when it was clear but the sun was shining brightly and the shadows were shockingly bad . . .

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