Leviathan

Blue whales arrive with

a message in a bottle –

don’t throw it away.

 

by Scooj

As part of Bristol Green Capital, this enormous public art installation will be launched on Friday 17 July. I saw the artists making the finishing touches to ‘Bristol Blue Whales’ today. It is stunning.

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2. Frogmore Street (1)

This is really one of my favourite works by my second favourite artist. It appeared about a year or so ago on a clean wall in Frogmore Street, yards away from the bridge on Park Street. It is called ‘Big Deal’ and signed by JPS.

JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015

John Paul Scanlon is a local artist who was born, and still lives in Weston-super-Mare. His early inspirations include M.C. Escher, Dali, Cezanne and DaVinci. There is no question though that his street art ‘career’, which began in 2009, was directly inspired by a Banksy exhibition.

JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015

There are several interesting interviews on the inter-web with JPS. He is reasonably prolific and will feature regularly in this blog.

8/10

1. Park Street

The first in a series of short articles on street art.

Bristol, thanks in part to Banksy, has become a centre for some great street art, so much so, that the tourist information office advertises tours of some of the best. How things have changed over the last thirty years.

Today a new installation appeared at the bottom of Park Street, right in front of one of the most famous Banksy murals (the naked man hanging out of the window one).

Unknown artist, Park Street, Bristol, July 2015
Unknown artist, Park Street, Bristol, July 2015

It is a protest piece, but the messages are somewhat confusing, and it seems rather out of place in Bristol. Maybe there is some political jibe (that links it to Bristol) that I am not aware of; but it is new, and unusually a sculpture rather than a mural and for this reason I have decided to feature it. It is not clear who created it. If I find out I will update this article.

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