A convenient narrative adopted by pro-Brexit campaigners urging a return to the ‘good old days’ before we were told what to do by Europe. The facts rather contradict this romantic notion, and certainly my recollection of growing up in London in the 1970s is not a pleasant one – choking car fumes, filth and litter everywhere and heavily polluted rivers, our countryside didn’t fare much better. What did European regulations ever do for us…? (Habitats Directive, Water Framework Directive, the Birds Directive, Bathing Waters Directive, Air Quality Framework Directive and others).
Sirens is getting rather busy all over Bristol at the moment, and here is a recent piece that he produced in my favourite Bristol backwater, Leonard Lane. What to make of this piece?
What Sirens has done here is create a green space in a sea of messy graffiti. I believe it is metaphorical as well as physical and therefore has a double impact. Even more unexpected is that this is, so he says on his Instagram account, a six layered stencil and took a long time to do.
The abstract nature of this work is at complete odds with the chaos that surrounds it. A small green window of tranquility. It has an impressive impact on those that venture down this ancient lane.
I took this picture some time ago, and have never been able to find out who it was by. I felt, though that it was worth posting, because it is really quite unusual and not the kind of thing you normally see at Dean Lane.
I like the piece a great deal, it is very well executed and the colours spectacular. What is going on here for the girl with the green sneakers? Who is this by?
Tucked away in this little lane in Montpelier is this nice work by Jee See. Here he combines his ‘seismic’ writing with his stencil favourite of a military style girl, both of which can be found separately in Bristol.
The colours of this piece are what really make it stand out from the other graffiti in the area. Jee See is an artist with a different and interesting style and is starting to make his mark in this incredible city.