This summer Bristol will play host to the largest permanent street art project ever to take place in the UK. Some of the world’s leading street artists from several countries will paint the facades of ten multi-storey buildings along Bristol’s Nelson Street as part of the ‘See No Evil’ event.
Bristol City Council’s place making director, Mike Bennett said; “This initiative is perfect timing to improve a tired area of Bristol ahead of the 2012 Games.”
The ten buildings will be painted over six days in August 2011 by artists including New York-based Tats Cru, and LA’s El Mac, and other artists from Holland, Spain, Brazil and the UK. The event is a collaboration between street artist Inkie, who emerged out of Bristol’s 80s graffiti scene alongside Banksy, and Bristol music promoters Team Love.
“We have spent nearly 12 months negotiating and planning this major project, which will be the jewel in the crown of the city’s already buzzing art scene. We have invited some of the world’s most talented graffiti artists to bring their skills to city, and we have a number of returning Bristolians to head up proceedings,” explained Inkie.
“Nothing of this size and scale has ever taken place in the UK and it’s an event that has captured the minds of some the world’s most respected street artists. It’s a major coup that we’ve managed to pull this off in Bristol,” he added.
The project will culminate on Saturday 20 August in a free ‘Block Party’ with live street painting and live music on an outdoor stage.