3195. Jacob’s Wells Road

Street sculptures are as much a part of the street art scene as the more familiar painted walls that we see and this poignant piece by Getting up to Stuff was installed at the top of Jacob’s Wells Road in the perfect spot, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2020).

Getting Up To Stuff, Jacob's Wells Road, Bristol, September 2020
Getting Up To Stuff, Jacob’s Wells Road, Bristol, September 2020

In this moving piece, what looks like Pooh Bear is comforting a young lad in a hoodie who appears to be contemplating jumping. It is a very touching piece and demonstrates the power of a caring hand. It also reminds me of the robot bear in the film AI (Artificial Intelligence), who had a similar guardianship role.

Getting Up To Stuff, Jacob's Wells Road, Bristol, September 2020
Getting Up To Stuff, Jacob’s Wells Road, Bristol, September 2020

I know little of the artist Getting up to Stuff, but in checking some facts about this piece, I realised that he was responsible for a statue in The Bearpit some time ago that I can now share with you (to come). Many will drive or walk past this and not look up, they will miss it. My advice to everyone is keep your eyes open… there is treasure all around us if we only care to see it.

1342. Jacob’s Wells Road

I include this piece because it demonstrates that there is ‘graffiti creep’ happening in Bristol and where graffiti goes, so the art tends to follow. This wall is on a stairway up to Brandon Hill park and until relatively recently there was no graffiti here, but as the number of graffiti/street artists grow, and the number of walls/hoardings are lost, so the search for new walls begins. A natural succession, often brought about by gentrification.

NEVERGIVEUP, Jacob's Wells Road, Bristol, February 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, Jacob’s Wells Road, Bristol, February 2018

The bunny is easily recognisable as the handy work of NEVERGIVEUP, who seems to be a bit of a pioneer when it comes to finding new spots to spray. He is unafraid and adventurous which is amazing as he has only been in Bristol a little over a year. The Rabbit is nicely executed, as you would expect, but it is the location that makes this piece stand out.