2057. Lawrence Hill roundabout (4)

I haven’t seen too much of Nevla’s work lately, so it was great to come across a whole pile of pieces in the tunnels of the Lawrence Hill roundabout a couple of weeks back. This is a rather cute (a word I rarely use) piece of a character spraying the name Nevla book-ended by a couple of bears.

Nevla, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019
Nevla, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019

I have a feeling that the tunnels on this roundabout will become more of a playground for street/graffiti artists over the summer. It is interesting to observe the shifting sands of street art spots, especially as so many great walls in Stokes Croft have disappeared (gentrification).

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2037. Lawrence Hill roundabout (3)

It would appear that Soap is a happy man these days, or at least his mouth motif has a joyous demeanour which may or may not reflect the artist’s own disposition. It is noticeable though that his recent pieces are all a lot more expressive and smiley than some of his older work.

Soap, Lawrence Hill roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Soap, Lawrence Hill roundabout, Bristol, February 2019

This is a colourful and nicely embellished piece that screams out laughter and fun and is definitely a welcome addition to the rather drab tunnels at Lawrence Hill roundabout. I really like the squiggle decorations around the piece which might be Soap’s original tag. Good work.

2036. Lawrence Hill roundabout (2)

I guess that Big Bird from Sesame Street is known to pretty much all of us who might have been watching TV since 1969, and here is a terrific tribute by Rezwonk to the Jim Henson creation on an end wall of one of the tunnels on the Lawrence Hill roundabout.

Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019
Rezwonk, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019

The backdrop to Big Bird is a spread of Rezwonk icons, these with smilie faces on them. It’s funny, but it doesn’t seem logical to put a yellow subject on a yellow background, but somehow in this piece Rezwonk carries it off perfectly. I love this piece in one of the newer spots to me. It’ll be interesting to see how long it lasts, as I don’t yet have a feel for the turnover of work here.

2025. Lawrence Hill roundabout (1)

I love visiting new spots, and although I have known about Lawrence Hill roundabout for a little while, I just haven’t managed to visit until recently. Actually I took the dog for a walk there, killing two birds with one stone.

Zake, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019
Zake, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019

There is a lot of graffiti in each of the tunnels, but of really variable quality. It also looks like turnover is pretty low as some of the pieces looked rather old and tatty. Not this wonderful piece by Zake though. I am more used to seeing his faces on the columns under the M32, so it is great to see something that doesn’t have a width restriction. Three brilliantly expressive faces in differing aspects. Lovely work.