Nestled on the intersection between Stokes Croft and Jamaica Street there is a small green space called Turbo Island. Anyone who has lived in Bristol a while will know it as a place where alcoholics and drug addicts used to congregate.
However, things are changing and the ‘People’s Republic of Stokes Croft’ are trying to persuade Bristol City Council to return the space back to the community. One of the aims is to remove the advertising hoarding (not shown – to the left of this picture). It is certainly a better space than it was a few years ago.
During the Stokes Croft Festival of arts 2014, Sepr painted this ‘scarecrow and crows sitting down together’. A great sentiment. The mural is dedicated to Bob, but I don’t know the backstory.
The artist of ‘Girl with the Pierced Eardrum’ needs no introduction from me. Banksy’s beautiful work appeared last year. I went to see it two days after it was completed, and already it had been spoiled by someone who had sprayed paint over the bottom left side of the work.
It appears that some restoration has happened since then, but the work was ‘clean’ for such a short while, which is a pity. Some would say it is all vandalism…you live by the sword, you die by the sword. I’m not sure I subscribe to that.
It was great to see it again today, it is beautiful.
Sepr is considered to be one of a number of ‘third generation’ street artists hailing from Bristol.
He has a really distinctive style that has similarities to 1950s design and I sense some cubist influences. His last couple of works appear to incorporate a lot of grey and use of shadows, as well as featuring musicians.
This pair of works are very new (August 2015) and I think, post-date his mural on North Street from this year’s Upfest.
Looking through some archive images, I found another wheatpaste by Kid Crayon (see posts 7 and 11). This image was taken on 25 February 2015.
This one is just as strange as the others, but what fascinates me more is that it is no longer there, emphasising the ephemeral nature of some street art. There is a kind of ‘catch me while you can’ element to it all that I like.
This image was pasted directly above one of my favourite JPS works (see post 2).
Whilst not over keen on this particular work, there is something about the way KC operates in Bristol that works for me. I have revisited this post in April 2016, and must add that Kid Crayon has become one of my favourite Bristol street artists, and the more I look at this pasteup, the more I like it.