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See No Evil review and pictures

by Samantha Maine. Published Mon 22 Aug 2011 20:22, last updated: 23/08/11

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Bristol has always been known as one of the most eccentric cities in Europe, and this weekend solidified it as a frontrunner for THE cultural capital of England.

See No Evil welcomed 72 of the world’s best graffiti artists including Tats Cru from New York and L.A.’s finest El Mac. Bristol’s very own legendary artist Inkie was also joined by artists from France, Holland, Italy and Spain.

Flash back two years ago with the Banksy exhibition in full force; it attracted thousands from around the country and gave graffiti the chance to be a forerunner in the world of art.

See No Evil set out to continue this Bristol legacy and to give other artists the chance to sign in a city that loves to cover its walls in pretty colours and political statements.

The artists flocked to Nelson Street – an area renowned for being dark, dreary and downright bare. The festival showcased unique pieces and turned many a grey building into a feast for the eyes. It’s said to be the biggest and only graffiti festival of its kind in the whole of Europe.

The pieces are a mixture of bees, whales, Frankensteins and political monkeys. Not to mention the Clockwork Orange inspired piece, as well as a suited and booted wolf.

A taste of Bristol brought the beats on Thursday evening, with sets from some of Bristol’s most exciting new producers. The likes of Peverelist, Julio Bashmore and Appleblim took to the decks to ensure the block party was well and truly underway.

To combine Bristol’s ever expanding dance music scene, with an artform that is so uniquely tied to the city, can only showcase the immense talent on offer.

The block party is over, but the street will continue to be a somewhat, ‘open gallery.’ At least on your way to work you can be cheered up knowing that the area has been given a lick of paint and a new lease of life.

Banksy, watch out, the new (and old) kids on the block are making their marks.

Photography by Richard Windsor


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"Great video covering the whole weekend at See No Evil here http://threenine-eu.blogspot.com/2011/08/see-no-evil-footage.html" Threenine, Bristol, UK around 7 years, 8 months ago