Easter forecast

 

Midas is losing

his touch, as gold turns to grey

and Spring stalls again.

 

by Scooj

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153. Picton Street

Anyone who wanders around the streets of Bristol, particularly in the Montpelier area, cannot fail to have seen works by the wonderful Alex Lucas. They are everywhere, and together with her designs, they have become somewhat synonymous with the identity of Bristol itself. I posted this back in November 2105.

Alex Lucas, Picton Street, Bristol, March 2106
Alex Lucas, Picton Street, Bristol, March 2106

Nearly all of her work that I have seen includes portrayals of animals, often in anthropomorphic poses. Unlike most of the street artists I feature, Lucas is very much on the legitimate/commission-based side of brightening up our streets, and although some might perceive this as lacking in edge, Bristol would be greatly diminished without her outstanding pieces.

Alex Lucas, Picton Street, Bristol, March 2106
Alex Lucas, Picton Street, Bristol, March 2106

I only clocked this one walking home last week with some friends. I think it must be reasonably new. I should think Picton Takeaway are thrilled. Alex lives opposite in a house decorated in her own style, deserving of a post in its own right.

The quote from Oscar Wilde is perfect. Oh yes, and there is another Fox!

8/10

152. Jamaica Street

I surprise myself that this is the first post from Jamaica Street…it won’t be the last. I spotted this tiny wheatpaste a few weeks ago. It is by the fabulous 23 Magpies from Gloucester, and is so different from most of the street art I see. I love her work, and featured a piece from Dean Lane back in September 2015.

23 Magpies, Jamaica Street, Bristol, March 2016
23 Magpies, Jamaica Street, Bristol, March 2016

23 Magpies currently has an exhibition of her work in Gloucester Guildhall. I think it unlikely that I shall be able to go, but I will keep an eye out for more of her works in Bristol.

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23 Magpies, Jamaica Street, Bristol, March 2016

This flying squirrel is certainly one of the more unusual pieces I have seen.

7/10

151. Ashley Road (2)

This hoarding, on the corner of Ashley Road and Picton Street is a favourite of mine; the pieces here never last long, but they command attention due to the great location. The first time I ever saw one of Tom Miller’s works was here. Regrettably I didn’t photograph it and then it was gone. Right now the hoarding belongs to Aspire.

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Aspire, Ashley Road, Bristol, March 2016

This piece appeared earlier this week, and in my view, is one of Aspire’s best so far. I am not sure what species the bird is, but it doesn’t look like a British one.

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Aspire, Ashley Road, Bristol, March 2016

With the improving weather, the turnover of street art is on the up, and I really look forward to Monday mornings to see what has changed.

8/10