The See No Evil Festival comes back for a second year – decorating some of Bristol’s dated 1960’s architecture with a fresh lick of paint at the hands of some of the world’s best graffiti artists – and it’s all topped off with a street party!
In 2011, some local artists managed to persuade the city council to put up half the cash to fund a street art festival in the center of Bristol – painting took a week and it has transformed a rundown area of the city into a real tourist attraction. (Here’s a writeup of last year's festival).
What looked like being a one-off event was so successful, that the powers that be decided that it should come back for a second year (and hopefully become an annual event). While a few of the biggest pieces from last year’s show have remained the majority of the buildings were buffed and repainted bigger and better than before.
The streets are closed to traffic in the evenings of the week before the main event and the artists get to work. Using scaffolding, cherry pickers, and thousands of cans of paint, the buildings are transformed into giant canvases. Then for the weekend, everything is revealed in its full glory in a huge street party where people of all ages come for a good time.
Live music, DJs, street food and pop-up bars make the atmosphere amazing, and gives a real buzz to a previously neglected area. Even the police joined in the fun and games!
Fingers crossed it returns for a third year in 2013! Photos taken using Canon MC & Minolta CLE (+15mm lens)