2603. Cumberland Road (1)

Last week I found one of the older pieces by our resident philosopher in Bristol, #DFTE. This particular piece of motivational wordsmithing is a little more prescriptive than some of other ponderings, it says:

Life Doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change

I suspect winners of the national lottery might disagree. I like the fact that by simply changing one letter (a C for a G) the whole phrase is repositioned – clever wordplay.

#DFTE, Cumberland Road, Bristol, November 2019
#DFTE, Cumberland Road, Bristol, November 2019

Somehow #DFTE finds some great spots to position his work – it is half the skill in what he does and this one is magnificent. I have probably driven and walked past it several times and never noticed it – you have to look up, which is the cas with many of his framed phrases. #DFTE is a street art hunter’s dream, because he will place his works away from the usual spots, so finding things feels like an extra big treat. Looking forward to finding another one.

 

 

 

 

 

2580. Welshback

Somewhere along Welshback, I don’t recall exactly where is another inspirational quote from #DFTE framed and attached high onto the wall of a building. The uplifiting sentence reads:

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people – #DFTE

A sentiment it is difficult to argue against.

#DFTE, Welshback, Bristol, September 2019
#DFTE, Welshback, Bristol, September 2019

I like to think that #DFTE is our social conscience and guide and nudges us to become a slightly more caring and compassionate society than we are. I can’t imaging something like this hanging on the wall in the Tory party HQ, rather it would be ‘Make Britain great again…’ blah blah blah. Keep it up #DFTE – more goodness in the world is needed.

2456. Little Paradise (3)

Finding a gem is always most gratifying and discovering this beautiful understated piece by Gvnly was a real treat. I had been aware of the piece via Instagram, but had no idea where it was and stumbled across it on a random lunchtime walk – often the best way to find new pieces. I have met Gvnly a couple of times, and he has been kind enough to offer tips and advice for which I am most grateful.

Gvnly, Little Paradise, Bristol, September 2019
Gvnly, Little Paradise, Bristol, September 2019

This little piece is so beautifully executed and almost falls into the category of micro-art. Not only is the subject really interesting and skilfully painted, it is also framed perfectly… it is as if this space was always meant to be Gvnly’s. Lovely piece.

654. The Bearpit (42)

In the South subway tunnel of The Bearpit there are framed areas which graffiti/street artists use to place their works. I think they were originally introduced to keep a little decorum and ‘usher’ artists to use the specified wall areas. To a certain extent it has worked, and they tend to use them to frame their works. Some of the other subway tunnels have the frames and some don’t.

Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017
Decay, The Bearpit, Bristol, January 2017

In this example, Decay has taken up two of the frames to create ‘bookend’ pieces that work really well together. It is unfortunate that although I took this picture not long after it was sprayed, it had already been tagged.