385. Upfest 2016 (29)

On the Saturday of Upfest 2016 I was not sure who the artist was on this wall. He was high up on a scaffold tower, and seemed only to have started his piece.

Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The wall in Greville Road is one of the least photogenic ‘art walls’ in Bristol. It is high up and surrounded by bright skies with the sun during the day behind the wall and so the face is usually in shade. The previous occupant was a hand by Jody.

Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

Even on the Sunday and the Monday the wall was only half done, so I was still in the dark about the artist. I returned a few days after the Festival and the full picture was revealed…a most fantastic work by Cosmo Sarson.

Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

His ‘Breakdancing Jesus’ remains one of the most celebrated pieces in Bristol, and this is equal to it. The colours of this work are wonderful as the figure floats under the multicoloured surface and his half-naked body is reflected in swirls. This really is one of the highlights of the festival and so worth waiting for.

Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Cosmo Sarson, Greville Road, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

 

 

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5. Stokes Croft, Canteen (1)

Breakdancing Jesus is a huge mural on one of the most desirable walls in Bristol. The work was commissioned by the Canteen and completed in June 2013.

The artist, Cosmo Sarson, is a painter from London, who was inspired by his love of breakdancing and witnessing some breakdancers performing for the Pope.

Cosmo Sarson, Breakdancing Jesus, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2015
Cosmo Sarson, Breakdancing Jesus, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2015

It is a really striking and challenging mural, and I love it. You might also just spot a small blue disc to the left of the mural which commemorates the Bristol riots in the area in April 1980.

It is opposite the famous Banksy ‘Mild Mild West’ mural. This mural was planned to remain for two years, which means that it may not be there much longer. We’ll see.

8/10