BRISTOL'S GREATEST EXPORT?

Street art is still a taboo subject; some call it vandalism, some call it art - whatever the cases, we love it.

When you think street art, you automatically think Banksy, he’s been involved in the graffiti scene since the early 1990s, so it’s no wonder why he’s become such a household name. Despite his controversial art being sprawled across walls all over the world, Banksy has managed to maintain anonymity.


His stencilling technique has become his trademark, and was the result of almost being caught by the police when he was tagging walls in London. Now, his stencils are world famous, popping up in random locations all around the world.


With each new addition to our bare, concrete walls he manages to leave important, often political messages in his art some of his most famous including a bomber holding what appears to be a molotov cocktail, but is in fact a bunch of flowers or a young girl who’s lost her heart balloon.

With the constant uncertainty of our political environment, it makes a nice change to see these concerns emulated in art work - particularly artwork that appears on the side of the street.


Although the identity of Banksy still remains a mystery, it is believed that he is originally from Bristol, and the number of pieces of art dotted around the city would confirm this. Known for it’s balloon festival and music scene, Bristol has many reasons for visitors, one of these being the Banksy tour.


Most recently, the Barton Hill piece which appeared in February became the latest of the artists’ work to be vandalised, following suit with another famous piece in the city like Well-Hung Lover, near College Green. It is reported that Banksy himself is glad the Valentine’s Day piece, as it has been named, was vandalised - adding that his original sketch was much better. Vandalism of his work has become an unfortunate regular occurrence, with another recent piece which appeared on a garage in Port Talbot was also defaced.


If you plan on visiting Bristol, here is a list of the other famous pieces you can still see in and around the city:


Well-Hung Lover, Frogmore Street

The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum, Hanover Place

Graffiti Paint-Pot Angel, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Mild Mild West, The Canteen, Stokes Croft

Rose Trap, nr. Freemantle Square

Valentine’s Day, Marsh Lane

The Grim Reaper, Bristol M Shed

Masked Gorilla, Fishponds Road

We’re just waiting for another piece to appear in the wake of the craziness of the Coronavirus - it’s good to have a kind of escape, albeit it in such a rebellious and controversial way.

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