Upfest: The Spirit of Tokyo

One of my all-time favourite street artists is Dan Kitchener (DANK), and I am absolutely in love with the Japan-inspired work he does. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I heard he would be painting an epic wall really close to where I live in Bristol. When I went along at the beginning of Upfest the work had barely begun (well, the wall had been painted entirely black, but there was only an outline of what was to come).

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

A little later some colour had been filled in, but there was still a long way to go.

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Finally this week I noticed it had been finished – and it was worth the wait!

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Wow. Just wow.

Incidentally, limited edition hand finished prints of ‘The Queen of Neon’ are currently available from the Upfest Gallery and online here. They are a very reasonable price… I just wish I could justify it to myself!


Upfest: L7m’s Parrot

Last weekend saw Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, return to Bristol. The weather could have been better, but the artists did not disappoint! I’m still editing and uploading all my pictures, but for now here’s one of my favourites. This is by L7m, a Brazilian street artist I had not heard of before. Isn’t it fabulous?

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Here is the work in progress…

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest


Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘Close Up‘. I had this in mind as I was wandering about exploring in the rain today, and then I spotted this. Nature at its most beautiful – naturally decorating the leaves.

Rain drops on a leaf

Click through to the image on Flickr and you can zoom in even further. Look at the middle of the leaf – wow!


Woolly Wonderland

I’ve had a day off work today and I have spent it well! All afternoon I was traipsing around Bristol, camera round my neck and phone in my hand. What was I doing? Sheep hunting! Yes, I was out on the trail, looking for Shaun in the City statues. I’ve found 31 out of the 70 sheep dotted around Bristol so far, and although I don’t really think I will find them all I’m very much enjoying having a go!

My favourite sheep today was Woolly Wonderland by Vicky Harrison of The Paper Village. This knitted sheep took over 500 hours to create! Isn’t it gorgeous?

Woolly Wonderland
Woolly Wonderland

 

Woolly Wonderland
Woolly Wonderland

You can see my full collection of sheep on Flickr here.


Good-looking Gorilla

Recently there was a story in the news about a good-looking gorilla called Shabani which has been capturing the hearts of everyone in Japan. I discovered yesterday that Bristol Zoo Gardens has its very own gorgeous gorilla…

Gorilla


Sheeping

Back in 2013 I joined the Gromiting hunt and found 80 Gromit statues hidden around Bristol as part of the Gromit Unleashed trail. This year I have a new mission – Sheeping! I’m trying to find all 120 of the Shaun the Sheep statues hidden around Bristol as part of the Shaun in the City event. Wish me luck! So far I have just 3…

King of the Carnival

King of the Carnival

Justice Lamb

Justice Lamb

Willow

Willow


Andy Council on West Street

There’s a nice new piece by Andy Council on West Street in Bristol now…

Andy Council on West Street

Andy Council on West Street, 2015

This makes three pieces I’m aware of on this street – I wonder if he lives nearby? Here are the other two:

Bristol street art - Andy Council

Andy Council on West Street, 2014

West Street Horse by Andy Council

Andy Council on West Street, 2013