By Dan Evans / firstname.lastname@example.org
A WELL-KNOWN part of the city is quickly becoming a Mecca for street artists as an off-the-wall project continues at pace.
The three-day event See No Evil, which has turned Nelson Street and Christmas Street into a giant canvas of colour, was officially launched Thursday night.
Supported by Bristol City Council, about 75 artists are involved in transforming the once dull grey buildings, alleys and walkways.
More than a dozen pieces of street art have already been completed and organisers hope it will become Bristol’s next big permanent tourist attraction. Click here for more pictures of work in progress.
The party started last night with the opening of a “pop-up” art gallery on Union Street, hosted by Weapon of Choice gallery.
For the next month, work by the street artists will be on display.
The golden Wow! gorilla – painted by Bristol artist Cheba to celebrate the zoo’s anniversary – takes pride of place but, unlike the other works, is not for sale.
After invited guests had admired the mix of styles and themes, one of the organisers, well-known street artist Inkie, said: “It’s going to cement Bristol’s reputation as a world-wide centre of excellence for street art.”
The city council’s cabinet member for culture, Simon Cook said: “I think this is one of the most exciting things that’s happened in Bristol for a long time. Basically, we’ve got some of the best street artists in the world to turn one of the crappest streets in Bristol into an international destination.”
Later, in the Westgate building on Nelson Street, a film called Real Scenes, which celebrates Bristol, Detroit and Berlin, was shown before the Hear No Evil after party kicked-off, produced by promoters Team Love.
Out in the street, as the artists continued with their work, which will be finished by tomorrow afternoon, people were already stopping and staring in awe.
Dan Brinnand and Nicky Gardiner from Totterdown were highly impressed.
Dan, 35, said: “I think it looks really impressive already.”
Nicky, 29, added: “I hope a lot of people come to Bristol to see it. It’s really good for the city.”
The Tats Crew have flown over from New York to get involved.
One of the crew, BG183, said: “We are here to represent what we do back home. Bristol has its own style and this is the biggest in the world right now.”
One of the Bristol artists, Ian Walker, said: “The event is a mix of styles, characters and work.”
Tomorrow, Nelson Street will hold a “block party” as the celebrations continue.
For more go to www.seenoevilbristol.co.uk