3. Broad Quay

There are two murals that appear to have been commissioned to celebrate the ‘Grand Appeal’, a charity that raises funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital. One of them dates back to 2013 and the Gromit Unleashed trail, the second, and very recent mural, links up with the Shaun in the City trail. They can be seen on Broad Quay next to the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Cheo, Shaun the Sheep, Broad Quay, Bristol, July 2015
Cheo, Shaun the Sheep, Broad Quay, Bristol, July 2015

The murals are by Cheo, a Bristol street artist whose trademark is a cartoon bumblebee that appears on most of his work. Cheo started in earnest in the 1980s and was clearly an emerging talent who won several prizes and awards as a youngster.

Cheo, Broad Quay, Bristol, July 2015
Cheo, Broad Quay, Bristol, July 2015

I am slowly becoming a fan of the cartoon style and admire the work of yet another Bristol-based street artist.

 

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2. Frogmore Street (1)

This is really one of my favourite works by my second favourite artist. It appeared about a year or so ago on a clean wall in Frogmore Street, yards away from the bridge on Park Street. It is called ‘Big Deal’ and signed by JPS.

JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015

John Paul Scanlon is a local artist who was born, and still lives in Weston-super-Mare. His early inspirations include M.C. Escher, Dali, Cezanne and DaVinci. There is no question though that his street art ‘career’, which began in 2009, was directly inspired by a Banksy exhibition.

JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015
JPS, Frogmore Street, Bristol, July 2015

There are several interesting interviews on the inter-web with JPS. He is reasonably prolific and will feature regularly in this blog.

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A different emphasis

A departure from the natural history haiku today

 

Public sector cuts

diminish the services

we take for granted.

 

by Scooj

I work in the public sector and with the UK election in full swing I thought I would start to voice my thoughts through haiku. It isn’t just health and education (which are reasonably well protected) it is all the other public services we should be worried about. Especially when it comes to the environment.