2604. Nova Scotia (2)

I have said it before on Natural Adventures, that there are so many rewards to be had from changing what you do, the habits you get into, and recently I completely changed my lunchtime stroll to skirt around the harbourside area. I finally got round to seeing this family of rabbits by Nevergiveup which made the alteration to my usual stroll utterly worth it. I switched it up with great success.

Nevergiveup, Nova Scotia, Bristol, November 2019
Nevergiveup, Nova Scotia, Bristol, November 2019

I think that this might just be my favourite rabbit work by Nevergiveup. A near perfect grouping of magnificent colours and fortunately for me and the timing of the picture, looking fantastically Autumnal. There is some fine detail on these bunnies that indicates that he spent a little bit more time painting them perhaps than some of his other pieces. Somehow, for me, his brand #followmyrabbits culminates in this little cluster, it is just brilliant.

2585. Leonard Lane (22)

So you’ll all know all about this one… . It is hardly worth me writing very much about Nevergiveup and his bunny rabbits, because they have featured so many times on Natural Adventures before, and there are still plenty more in my archive warren to keep me going for a while.

Nevergiveup, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2019
Nevergiveup, Leonard Lane, Bristol, November 2019

This particular beauty is lurking in a doorway of the wonderfully ‘colourful’ Leonard Lane – a fascinating alleyway that marks thwe ancient boundary where the city wall used to be. You won’t have to wait too long before I uncover some more rabbits.

2572. Cumberland Basin

I think I said this last time I posted a piece by Nevergiveup but I will say it again because it is still pertinent… gone but not forgotten. I discovered a new (to me) graffiti spot in the Cumberland Basin recently, and one which I think Nevergiveup also discovered a little while before he left Bristol.

Nevergiveup, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2019
Nevergiveup, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, October 2019

This rabbit looks like it has had a little dose of nuclear radiation, but apart from the extra eyes ears and tooth it seems to be in the rudest of health. I love the location of this rabbit and for me it really adds to the quality of the piece. Still plenty to come from #followmyrabbits.

2556. Moon Street (77)

This is one of a great many rabbits by Nevergiveup that I have in my archive of Bristol street art, and I will be releasing them slowly as and when slots appear or the inclination takes me. This particular one in Moon Street goes back to May 2018.

Nevergiveup, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Nevergiveup, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018

As I recall this furry fellow stayed put for quite a while, but like so many of his colleagues eventually disappeared. I noticed that Bristol City Council have been on an anti-rabbit patrol lately and buffed out a whole bunch of them from utility boxes in the Cumberland Basin area (boo). Now that Nevergiveup has left town I expect the cull to gather pace.

2489. Little Paradise (4)

Well I’ve heard that Nevergiveup is leaving town, I’m not sure where he is going or whether he’ll be back, but you can walk anywhere in Bristol and it won’t take long to find a little reminder that he was here. His rabbits have become a bit of a thing over the last eighteen months or so and I still have a great many to find.

Nevergiveup, Little Paradise, Bristol, September
Nevergiveup, Little Paradise, Bristol, September

This purple fellow is in little paradise (possibly one of the least apt names for a place), propping up a long wall that has some interesting stuff at the other end of it. I have many more rabbits in my archive, but I like to intersperse them with other pieces – I have to be fair to all artists in the city. So although the artist may be leaving, his legacy will be appearing on the pages of Natural Adventures for some time to come. Farewell Nevergiveup Familia.

2475. St Mark’s Avenue (2)

This is the second piece I am posting from St Mark’s Avenue and it is a rather fun piece by Sepr. Judging from the weathering of the paint on the door, it looks like it has been here for some years. In line with pretty much everything in this alley, there seems to be remarkably little tagging.

Sepr, St Mark's Avenue, Bristol, September
Sepr, St Mark’s Avenue, Bristol, September

The piece itself presents a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat although rather than just one rabbit, he is actually pulling two rabbits, in a compromised state from the hat and they don’t look too pleased about it. I have long been a fan of Sepr’s work and I love the retro influences in his style that make his pieces so distinctive. Great piece with a great story beautifully executed, you can’t ask fo much more than that.

2405. Castle Park

Castle Park is not particularly known for its graffiti, there are not many walls and there is little or no culture of it, it was surprising therefore to find this little bit of ‘decorated’ wall and who should be there?… Nevergiveup and one of his rabbits.

Nevergiveup, Castle Park, Bristol, August 2019
Nevergiveup, Castle Park, Bristol, August 2019

The nature of his #followmyrabbits concept means that he is definitely the most ubiquitous artist in Bristol, more even than the most prolific taggers, who tend to stay within their districts. This is a particularly nice bunny photographed on a particularly nice day and painted on an interestingly textured wall that gives it a soft spongy look.