Just a warning that this is VERY photo heavy. The recent Upfest Street Art Festival in Bristol (the largest street art festival in Europe) saw over 250 artists from all over the world descend on 28 different venues in Bristol.
The styles, mediums and size were all different, some were small on boards, some half a wall and a few were the side of an entire building! Some were stencils, others were spray can or pens and I even spotted pastel bars being used!
A few were even vehicles!
Some were beautiful faces
Others were comical
Lots of cider can were also spotted amongst the spray cans!
The detail work being added by hand
Not sure the elephant was part of the festival but I couldn't resist a photo
Some work in progress in the skate park
Some of the pieces were so big scaffolding or hydraulic platforms were needed
This was at the start of the festival
and this was after the festival-the completed piece
the cars below this parrot being spray painted weren't covered!
But the finished piece was simply stunning
These were a couple of sculptural pieces inspired by artists on the street art scene
others took inspiration from film and TV
In one of the local parks they placed boards all the way round so many artists could work whilst we all watched
There was a real mix of artists, young, older, male and female
My Dog Sighs (my favourite street artist) designed the flyers and also created this piece on the back of a train carriage
With artists, DJ's and beer and cider stalls it soon started to feel like a festival
some of the work was photo realistic and blew me away
many of the artists transported their paint in wheelie suitcases
Nice to see their mojo goes on holiday too!
Cheo (and his bee's) are famous round Bristol
Some work was political
Some was just fun
others were educational!
This work was stunning in real life
Some depicted underwater
others depicted space
whilst some incorporated moss
These are in the back yard of the Tobacco Factory (a great food, music and theatre venue)
Some were so vibrant
others had a slightly more 'dark' tone
Whilst not part of the festival on the walk back I came across this Banksy
and spotted some fabric fishes on a boat
Even houses and flats were decorated
not even road signs were safe
and there were even a few 3D pieces
artists came from across the globe
and even used window shutters as a canvas
or even entire sides of shops!
even the roads!
This was on the side of the Tobacco factory
This 'My Dog Sighs' was half a jigsaw. If you were lucky enough you may have found one of his postcards with the other half printed so you could hold it up and create a pair of eyes (unfortunately I didn't find one)
The detail is amazing
Animals featured quite a lot
So there you are. Lots of street art all for free. That is why I love Bristol.