South Park

Apart from all the street artists who arrive at Bristol’s Upfest to paint on large public walls there is also a space given over to hundred’s of other artists in attendance to paint on hoardings specially erected at the South Street Park.

Just a minute’s walk away from Bedminster’s North Street the park is set alight with artists painting on every available inch.

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Taking a sorta clockwise trip around the site from the entrance on South Street where you first spot some geometric work from Tape Over and his clean art made with the assistance of tape!

Then in stark contrast to this are works from Toni Espinar and others making up the moniker, ‘Everything under control’

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Wooden hoardings surround the whole perimeter of the park with specially erected boards throughout the site featuring loads of colourful work from the likes of Bill Giles, Ceze, Kid Crayon and Tuco.

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The weather was variable all weekend but there was a particularly large downpour on Sunday afternoon but this didn’t spoil it for the hundreds of spectators that turned up to admire the street art and watch the artists hard at work.

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Whilst taking these pics it did rain quite considerably but some of the artists battled on through regardless …. I wonder if any drip effects will feature?

Below artists Hull and co continue against the elements.

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Whilst some pieces were even pasted over the back of the hoardings – possibly from the previous year?

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Artists arrived to paint from Bristol, from around the Uk and from around the whole world including Canada, Australia, Argentina, Israel and even Belarus!

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It’s always great to see the mixture of artists from the rest of the world painting next to local lads like JeeSee and Object.

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Such a variety of styles on offer from wildstyle to geometric animals and the odd political and ironic pieces too.

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Like this fantastic work from Peter Sheridan who has taken the two biggest icons of the weekend and combined them into one cracking piece.
Featuring the new British Prime Minister Theresa May and a Pokeball containing a Pikachu and a spray can – love it!

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Around every corner was just more amazing work from the likes of The Addicted Doodler, Rast, Fresh and Annatomix.

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And nearly completing the clockwise direction of trying to cover the whole field and a catching few artists still working hard on their pieces.

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Art is what you can get away with‘ is a statement made popular by artist Andy Warhol but despite what common consensus might have you believe, the quote did not originate from Warhol, but instead by Canadian media guru, Marshall McLuhan. (Now you know!!)

This famous statement is brought to life here by the artist using Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup with loads of tentacles emerging from it!

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There wasn’t only art on display but also food and drink stalls plus a full music stage where artists sprayed whilst the music artists performed.

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At the heart of the site was an old New York subway train being painted by artists including the Nomad Clan.
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So a whistle-stop tour of the South Street Park and a great variety of street art on display. Here’s to 2017.

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