Evolution revolution

Evolution street art by HB

A fantastically long red bricked wall lines the pavement along Crwys Road bridge in the Cathays part of the city.
Making a ridiculously long canvas for some more great street art in the area.

Cardiff already has one well-known ‘Animal Wall’ in the city centre but it’s time to unleash another on the city courtesy of Cardiff-based artist Helen Bur.

Overlooking the railways tracks and the high rise structures of the city centre – this piece details evolution beginning with cells and plant life evolving into more elaborate creatures like fish and amphibians.

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Crwys Road street art, CardiffEvolution street art by HB

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Artist Helen Bur has worked over many weeks to paint the whole stretch of wall with possibly more to come. (It’s still evolving!)

Reptiles and colourful dinosaur-like creatures span the wall – all painted and drawn with great detail.

Evolution street art by HBEvolution street art by HB

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff
Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Crwys Road street art, CardiffCrwys Road street art, Cardiff

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

The only thing breaking the continuous wall is this set of steps which lead down to Rhymney Terrace.
Striking blocks of colour have been added to brighten up this battered walkway.

The geometric patterns really lift this space and make it much more friendly.

Evolution street art by HB

Evolution street art by HB

Evolution street art by HB

Evolution street art by HB

At the bottom of the steps a recent breeseblocked walls stands all alone and unloved begging for some attention – it looks like somebody is trying to entice someone else to give this wall some street art love.

Back up the steps and onto the rest of the wall and more specimens line the wall including some mammals and marsupials.

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff
Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

As you can see below – slabs of colour were laid down first with further detail added later. Here this anteater and armadillo are totally transformed.

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Evolution street art by HB

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

Evolution street art by HB

Crwys Road street art, CardiffEvolution street art by HB
Evolution street art by HBEvolution street art by HB

Evolution street art by HB

Evolution street art by HB

It’s not uncommon for large walls to be painted by numerous artists but here it seems Helen has taken on the whole wall by herself which is an amazing feat in itself.

Evolution street art by HB

Evolution street art by HBEvolution street art by HB
Evolution street art by HBEvolution street art by HB

And moving onto the primate section of evolution with these great beasts. Let’s hope this work evolves even further.

Evolution street art by HB

Crwys Road street art, Cardiff

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