Billed on its official website as: “Some of the world’s leading street artists, some of the biggest pieces of permanent street art, some of the best music and one big block party August 20 2011!”, the See No Evil project saw buildings along Nelson Street in Bristol transformed amid one of the world’s most ambitious urban art events.
The arts and music event, which ran from August 18th – 20th, brought together more than 20 world renowned street artists in a bid to create some of the largest scale paintings on the planet. Artists included New York-based muralists Tats Cru, whose work is said to have “changed the perception of graffiti as art”, as well as contingents from France, Holland, Spain and Brazil.
Home-grown artist Inkie, who rose out of the 1980s Bristol urban street art scene, was joined by other UK artists such as Zeus and Nick Walker. Meanwhile, a disused building called The Westgate designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott – the architect behind Battersea Power Station and the iconic red telephone box – came alive again to host three nights of Bristol art and music.
Bristol, in South West England, is often considered the home of urban art in the UK, giving rise to such enigmatic graffiti artists as Banksy himself, whose real identity remains a mystery. Saturday’s block party at The Westgate included a film screening and music courtesy of Bristol’s local DJ scene.