Bristol has a long history with street art; some might call it a love affair. Banksy got his start there in the nineties, and other legendary names like Nick Walker and 3D call Bristol home. While some cities shun graffiti and street art in favor of more mainstream art forms, Bristolians seem to embrace the medium as a part of their cultural identity.
In 2011, Bristol-born artist Inkie convinced the powers that be to let him curate a permanent street art project in Bristol’s city center. Property owners happily gave permission for some of the world’s top street artists to treat their buildings as canvases, and the See No Evil street art festival — which now happens annually and attracted more than 50,000 people in 2012 — took place with full support of the Bristol City Council, Arts Council England, and the University of Bristol, among others.
Of course, street art in Bristol isn’t confined to the city center. On a recent trip back (Bristol also happens to be my husband’s hometown), we spent a day exploring the See No Evil project, along with a few roads less-traveled. We barely scratched the surface of Bristol’s vast offerings, but what we saw was impressive.
Check out the slideshow for a few favorite pics.