See No Evil is a collection of works of "public art by multiple "graffiti artists, located around Nelson Street, "Bristol, UK. The initial event to create the artwork took place over the weekend of 20/21 August 2011 and was Europe's largest street art festival at the time. It culminated with a "block party. The street was mostly repainted in a repeat event in 2012.
It comprises "murals of various sizes, See No Evil project represents a large number of elements and styles of the street art world, some painted on "tower blocks, including a 10-storey office block. The works were created under a "road closure, using scaffolding and "aerial work platforms.
See No Evil 2011, was a week-long graffiti art event, that claimed to be the largest street art event of its kind in the UK, reaffirmed "Bristol’s high position in the UK’s urban art movement, and supports the claim, that Bristol may be the current international center of this urban art movement. The city has a well established and thriving urban art scene, with many walls around the city decorated over the years by artistic graffiti, notably around the Stokes Croft area, often by local but international respected urban artists like Inkie and Banksy."Urban and street art are widely felt to be an important part of the city's creative DNA "(Bennet). The event was organized by respected Bristol street artist "Inkie (Tom Bingle) who emerged (like "Banksy) out of Bristol’s 1980’s graffiti scene. Once arrested in the UK’s as the ringleader of 75 plus artists in UK’s largest graffiti bust (Operation Anderson), Inkie said that the inspiration for the event arose partly from witnessing similarly grand street art projects in Lisbon and Melbourne: "I thought it was about time Bristol, home of urban art in the UK had an installation of this scale." "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 coupé that we’ve managed to pull this off in Bristol."
The event was coordinated by "Inkie, along with Mike Bennett - "Bristol City Council, Bristol based music promoter "Team Love (made up of music producers Dave Harvey and Tom Payne) and Sam Brandt, director of Weapon of Choice Gallery.  The Council contributed £40 000 to the project, on the assumption of attracting tourists, with place-making director Mike Bennett paying for half of the project through his salary. The £40 000 was to be matched by private donations. the organizers spent a year planning the project, with full support from street’s residents, businesses and building owners. Bristol-based Team Love (TL) organized the music festival and street party side. Inkie "The biggest hurdle in organising all this has just been trying to balance it out and keep everyone happy." 
Before 20 August 2011, the chosen location Nelson Street was "one of the most depressing, ugly and run down streets in Bristol" (Mike Bennet). A dreary ‘1960‘s urban nightmare. Decaying and decrepit’ (Inkie). "Bristol’s Nelson Street was nothing but empty shells of grey buildings built by tasteless architects that stank of piss,"  a nondescript corridor of bleak, grey buildings between Broadmead and Colston Square in the city centre  "It needs something big development-wise.... with the economy as it is, the prospect of any serious development here in the next five years is almost nonexistent." A spokesperson of one of the buildings said "anything that would revitalise the street and increase footfall for a minimal cost – then all the better." The council viewed the Project as platform to revitalize the street and encourage its regeneration. The councils Executive member for culture Simon Cook said: "This project is very exciting for Bristol. ...this will put us on the map internationally" as a cultural and tourist attraction. Two years previously Banksy show at the City Museum and Art Gallery had attracted large crowds. The organisers also looked towards Melbourne, Australia, were the street project attracted almost half a million visitors a year as an example of how street art could help regenerate urban area.
The name 'See No Evil', Bennett explained, is from the three wise monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. “It sort of works on the artistic element, and because it has a musical element to it as well. And of course because we’re taking over the old magistrates’ courts” and Police station. The irony of Inkie being invited to paint the very courts he was sentenced in after Operation Anderson all those years ago was not lost. "Half the early graffiti artists in Bristol must have been taken to that police station or through the magistrates’ courts at one time or another" . "I mean, we've legally painted the old juvenile and magistrates' courts where a few of these artists have been processed and charged. It was quite a surreal thing to see." 
A total of 72 graffiti artists were invited to take part, including twenty of the world's leading artists. Writing in "The Independent, Louisa McGillicuddy noted that only two of the artists were women.
|Artist & Artists||From||Notes
|"Inkie*||London based graffiti artist, originally from Bristol||Influences: Influenced by Mayan architecture, William Morris, Mouse & Kelly, Alphons Mucha, The Arts & Crafts movement and Islamic geometry, punk rock album graphics, 2000AD comics and early New York wild style pioneers such as Dondi, Seen & T-Kid.
Bio: A respected artist, Inkie, started out painting alongside 3D, Banksy, Goldie, The Chrome Angels and Nick Walker in 1983. For See No Evil he painted a four floor high female art nouveau, using about 70-80 cans.
|Kashink*||Paris||Bio: Moustache wearing Kashink is one of the few very active female artists in the graffiti/street art world. Style: Her multicoloured psychedelic style of painting is characterised by huge four eyed characters, with thick lines and vivid colours. Kashink only paints men, that are often appear to be fat, hairy old school mobsters. Influences: inspired by a diverse mixture, such as Gilbert and George, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Charles Burns and comic books.|
|Tats Crew||New York||Bio: a Bronx-based trio of (now) professional graffiti artist whose work is said to have "changed the perception of graffiti as art". They started by creating subway graffiti In the late 1980s, by 2001 their work was chosen to represent New York City muralists at the Smithsonian Institution 35th Annual Folklife Festival. Their work legally adorns several NYC public schools and hospitals.|
|El Mac||Los Angeles||Bio: Miles ‘Mac’ MacGregor was born 1980, by the late ‘90s he was painting technicolor aerosol versions of classic paintings by old European masters. This led to him being commissioned in 2003 by the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium to paint his interpretations of their collection of classic Flemish Primitive paintings. He works primarily in Phoenix and Los Angeles but also across every continent. Style: Photorealistic renderings of both the sublime and the humble.|
|Shoe||Amsterdam||Bio: Born in 1967, Niels Meulman is an acclaimed artist, designer, and art director whose designs and artwork are in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He began tagging at 12, and was well known by the time he was 18. Style: Meulman introduced Calligraffiti, via a successful solo exhibition in Amsterdam in 2007. It is a form of lettering that fuses calligraphy and graffiti.|
|Aryz||Barcelona||Style: He works with spray paint and paint rollers for his huge colourful works. For See No Evil he was the first artist to arrive in Bristol, "It’s a wolf in a lumberjack shirt with braces, up the side of a whole building, which looks stunning. He’s only 22 and he just came and did it in a day and a half with rollers, didn’t even project it” (Inkie) |
|"Nick Walker||Bristol||Bio: Born in 1969, Nick Walker emerged from the Bristol graffiti scene of the early 1980s. Style: he uses both spray can and very controlled, intricate stencilling. His recognisable style and humour have gained him a worldwide reputation.|
|Mr Jago*||Bristol||Style: A formerly Abstract Futurist style and commercial illustrator his current work focuses on layers of colour and shade with obscured, just-out-of-view figures.|
|"Andy Council*||Bristol||Style: detailed compositions of imagined creatures made up from iconic objects, architecture, structures and characters.|
|sheOne*||London based||Style: sheOne trademark strokes are an abstract style that is rooted in the new wave graffiti era of early eighties New York.|
|Chu*||Walsall born, Bristol-based||Style: using computer-aided technologies, he produces anamorphic 3D graffiti which appears to burst out of the 2D surface when viewed from certain angles.|
|China Mike*||born in Bedford Bristol||Style: China Mike's photo-realistic painting style became well known in Bristol. His work has evolved into more abstracted figurative work.|
|"Sickboy *||Bristol||Style: Often produces humorous pieces, he is deemed by the leading financial press as one of the movement’s most bankable artists.|
|Mr Wany||Brindisi||Bio: Andrea Sergioborn 1978, at the age of only 12 years, he was already known as Wany. In 1994 he won his first regional contest in Puglia. From 1997 to 2000, he specialised at the "International School of Comics" in Rome. He is an active link between the academic art gallery circuit and hip-hop culture and street art in Italy.|
Other Artists included: Kid Acne, Swanski, Ben Slow, Best Ever, Bonzai, Cosmo Sarsen, Dicey, Feek, GMC, Hit + Run, Maumau, Mr Wany, Mysterious Al, Pinky, Ponk, SEPR, Wow 123, Xenz, Zeus, Solo One, and Goldie
A short 16 minute film about See No Evil 2011 'Who's Lenny?', commissioned by the Council to take ‘See No Evil’ to an international audience, was produced by Bristol-based production company Hurricane Media  The film was made using a range of techniques including wirecam technology – a first in a UK urban environment - as well as "time-lapse photography and 24-hour live coverage. 'See No Evil: Who's Lenny' video explains how once outlawed graffiti artists have now come to critical acclaim, and how one group in particular were invited to paint the courts of law in which they were once convicted for their art. The video aims to present street art as a vibrant and contemporary art form. The documentary features interviews with some of the 72 artists involved including Inkie, Tats Cru, El Mac, Nick Walker, Shoe, Xenz, China Mike and Paris. Focusing on the See No Evil event, the film also explores how street art has a natural home in Bristol, capturing the spirit of Bristol graffiti scene, and finishing with the answer to the age old question ‘Who’s Lenny?’  The film went on to win RTS Awards for 'Best Short Film' and 'Best Community Media' in February 2012. Mike Bennett said "For a long time Bristol has been recognised as the UK’s street art capital. See No Evil and Hurricane’s film ‘Who’s Lenny?’ undoubtedly helped to cement that position Internationally as well as bringing much needed recognition to the artists involved. It’s difficult to imagine that the event would have reached such a large audience without the support of Hurricane Media and it’s fantastic that their hard work has been recognised by The RTS" 
Arrangements were made by Inkie for the repainting of the street in August 2012, as part of the "2012 Cultural Olympiad accompanying the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, with support from Bristol City Council, the Arts Council and London 2012 Festival as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and Bristol University. See No Evil 2012 began on 13 August when 45 selected (both local and international) artists, wielding 3,500 cans of spray paint and 700 litres of paint. Once again the event took place on Nelson Street, a one-way bus and taxi lane known for its depressingly grey concrete walls (including a 12 story office block and a police station) over the course of 7 days– with the permission of the owners. Three works from the 2011 event's 72 pieces were saved by the public vote, via an internet poll allowing people to voice their opinions on preferred works, those being the suited man pouring a tin of red paint, the wolf boy, and the woman and child; painted by Nick Walker, Aryz and El Mac respectively. See No Evil at Nelson Street will remain Europe's largest open air street art gallery, bringing an inner city street to life with huge murals until next summer. Some of the artists (including ManOne and Vyal One, FLX One and Dones and Limited Press) in the same week also created work on hoardings around Bristol "Temple Meads Enterprise Zone.
|Artist & Artists||From||Notes
|Cheo||Bristol born and raised||Influences: include John Peel’s Radio 1 Hip-Hop show, break dancing, his brother’s NYC skyline artwork and his local Barton Hill Youth Centre. Bio: Winner of the National Graffiti Art Championships in 1987.|
|KTF Crew||Collective: Mr.Riks, Haka, Lokey, Silent Hobo, Devas, Ryder, Poster, Ames, Sigh and Molar|
|FLX One & Dones||Bristol Based||Dones Bio: Fine Art Degree. Style: often creates photo realistic works, exploring most styles of street art. FLX Bio: a qualified graphic designer he was part of the first generation on Bristol’s urban art scene. See No Evil collaboration at Temple Meads: a parody DaVinci’s famous The Last Supper painting, featuring animals - including "papparazi mice, fat cat bankers, a pig policeman and some unsavoury religious insects, all gambling with the devil holding the atomic bomb."|
|Werc Alvarez||Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, Texas.||See No Evil Collaboration: with Man One and Vyal One.|
|"Andy Council||Bristol||See 2011 Entry.|
|Vyal One||Los Angeles||See No Evil Collaboration: with Man One and Werc Alvarez at See No Evil. Style: uses psychedelic use of colours and dark old school horror themes, prefers to use graffiti themes such as letter structure, and the B-boy characters that came out of New York,|
|sheOne||London based||See 2011 Entry. In 2012 his abstract whisps were painted at the bottom of Nick Walker's huge character, helping make it the largest street art mural in the UK.|
|Kuildoosh||West of England||Collective: Eco, Mudwig and Paris. Style: design collective described as 'Victorian England’s answer to graffiti'.|
|"Stik||Bristol based street artist||Style: Stik’s trademark stick people are normally in a state of depression. At See No Evil his biggest work to date on Unite's Nelson House, Bio: Bristol. 18 months ago was living in St Mungo’s hostel.|
|TCF Crew||Bristol-based||Collective: Acerone, Dicy, Feek, Xenz, Eco, Paris and Aji.|
|Soker||Bristol based||Bio: Soker is a Bristol-based street artist, who has produced work all over the world.|
|Limited Press||Bristol based||Collective: An art and design collective known for their large-scale murals.|
|Man One||Los Angeles||Known for his work comprises bold colourful strokes|
|KASHINK||Paris||See 2011 Entry.|
|Mr Jago||Bristol||See 2011 Entry.|
|"Lucy McLauchlan||Style: Lucy combines Art Deco, psychedelic and childlike themes to make pieces that are delicate and thought provoking. She uses permanent materials like Indian ink and marker pens.|
|"L'Atlas||Paris||Style: Based on Kufi, a geometric calligraphy, converted into the Latin alphabet.|
|Nychos||Austrian||Style: artistic inside-out animals.|
|"Conor Harrington||Ireland||Bio: an Irish contemporary oil painter and street artist. At See No Evil: large Renaissance oil painting style piece featuring three-storey-high soldiers (behind the church on Nelson Street). According to Harrington, the male figure is a central theme to his work, and this piece refers to the masculinity of urban culture.|
|CANTWO||Mainz, Germany||Style: Considered aa fine lettering expert, CAN2 uses the Bronx style of the early 80s|
|SatOne||Venezuela born Munich based||Style: creates a large-scale combination of graphic style, illustration and abstract. At See No Evil: a frieze of Marvel like superheroes. The work is said to addresses the issue of artists being treated like superheroes.|
|"Mark Bode||Influence and Style: Son of Vaughn Bodé, the creator of Cheech Wizard the original graffiti character, he continues to advance his fathers work into various mediums.|
|Chu||Walsall born, Bristol-based||See 2011 Entry.|
|M-City||Gdynia, Poland||Bio: graduated from the Department of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Style: large scale industrial stencil scenes.|
|Seize||born in Paris||Style: Self-taught painter he paints large scale and colourful maps made up of elementary shapes.|
|Chase||from Belgium and based in Los Angeles||Bio and Style: works with landowners in Venice Beach, painting cartoon characters. At See No Evil his girl in a yellow dress leaps up a staircase that mimics the real staircase behind.|
|China Mike||born in Bedford now based in Bristol||See 2011 Entry.|
|"Sickboy||Bristol||See 2011 Entry.|
|Mark Lyken||Glasgow, Scotland||Style: his work creates geometric, nebulae-like paintings in the Graffuturism scene. His paintings play with scale and time, inventing worlds within worlds.|
|"ROA||Ghent, Belgium||Style: known for painting wildlife, in black and white thin paint strokes. At See No Evil: the huge fox holding onto its tail|
|Pixel Pancho||Turin||Style: a fusion of robotic characters and elements of the natural world. Influences: historicism, surrealism, the political painting group El Equipo Cronica, Ron English, and Takashi Murakami. At See No Evil he painted two mechanical monsters, coils twined, heads rearing.|
|Hannah||Bristol||Style: Painted her first street piece at See No Evil, subverting classical motifs with cheeky modern symbolism.|
|"Inkie||London based graffiti artist, originally from Bristol||See 2011 Entry.|
Both years, alongside the live art event of See No Evil with graffiti artists at work, Hear No Evil featured live music and DJ sets show casing Bristol's music scene, plus graffiti workshops, food stalls, breakdancing, face painting, and pop-up galleries. For both years there were music events in disused The Grade II listed Westgate Building, designed by renowned architect "Giles Gilbert Scott (who also designed Battersea Power Station and Britain's famous "red telephone boxes), on the Colston Street and Nelson Street junction. Both years featured A Hear no Evil block party on the final Saturday and in 2012 Busking day on Sunday 19 August, organised by Team Love and festival director Mike Bennett. For 2012 the opening event was an audio-visual immersive event 'Mail, Maps & Motion' on Friday 17 August, featured a collaboration of Joanie Lemercier (from 3D projection experts AntiVJ) and musicians Adrian Utley of "Portishead and Will Gregory of "Goldfrapp, took place at "Isambard Kingdom Brunel's original "Temple Meads station (built in 1839-41), now a venue called the Passenger Shed, Bristol.
According to the Daily Telegraph "The progress of all art – whether we are talking the Impressionists or the spray-cannists – is always from outsider status, towards the established".
Some Conservative councillors said that the exhibition was a waste of money and were unhappy the Liberal Democrat-run council had contributed towards funding it. Bristol City Council Leader "Barbara Janke said: "When the economy is suffering generally, it is important for councils to take steps like these to stimulate the city's economy. ..This daring and entrepreneurial project has acted as a catalyst for change in this once unloved part of the city centre. ..."Bristol is leading the way by promoting one aspect of the city's own unique character to a much wider audience to generate wider economic benefits."  Jonathan Jones writing in the Guardian about the 2011 event concluded that street art was dying. "Maybe there was a time when painting a wittily satirical or cheekily rude picture or comment on a wall was genuinely disruptive and shocking. That time is gone" and went on to say, "Images far too ordinary to be exhibited in art galleries are admired because they are on the street". 2012, Nelson Street business woman, Lynne Tonks, said it was "the best thing that they ever did in this street...They've increased the foot flow," with more tourists were attracted to the area, less crime and vandalism. "It's a pleasanter environment to work in and for people to come to," Ms Tonks said. "Graffiti is something that Bristol should be proud of, Banksy's put it on the map and other people are following - and it looks great." See No Evil 2011 not only successfully rejuvenated a very run down area of Bristol but generated enough publicity to turn it into one of Bristol’s biggest tourist attractions. When asked about the legacy of See No Evil, Dave Harvey from Team Love said "In terms of legacy – obviously the street itself. This street this time last year, no one came here, there was nothing on the street, it was really grey and dismal. This year council figures show tens of thousands more people are coming down here every month to look at the art." Inkie "The future of See No Evil is a more diverse base of art forms including photography, digital and animation with bigger music acts and better installations and street dressings. This is something we would like to take on tour to other cities across the globe. The legacy is the longstanding effect on the youth and their creativity in Bristol through the outreach projects and workshops in which we are directly inspiring the youth and showing them ways to express themselves. This will lead in turn to a bigger creative scene in Bristol for the future."
Twenty of the world's leading graffiti artists are to transform a Bristol street into Europe's largest outdoor art gallery. Eight large buildings, including a 10-storey office block, are to be covered in murals in an attempt to turn Nelson Street into a top tourist attraction. [...] The city council agreed to contribute pound stg. 80,000 ($120,000) after hearing a similar project in Melbourne attracted close to 500,000 visitors a year. The council also wants to capitalise on public enthusiasm for street art, which led to record numbers of visitors queuing for an exhibition by Bristol-born graffiti artist Banksy two years ago. [...] The road will be closed for a weekend in August to launch the event with a party. The artists taking part include Inkie and Nick Walker from Britain, Tats Cru from New York, El Mac from Los Angeles, Smug from Australia and Swanski from Poland. [...] The council's contribution is being matched by private donations.
[...] relying on cranes to lift them up alongside buildings in Nelson Street [...] The event is a collaboration between Inkie – who was part of the city’s graffiti scene alongside Banksy in the 1980s – as well as music promoters Team Love and the council. [...] See No Evil ends tomorrow with Block Party [...]
The See No Evil arts project represented hundreds of elements and styles of the street art world descending on one busy city centre.
which is claimed to be the UK's largest permanent street art project."See No Evil: The UK's Largest Urban Street Art Project |". urbanghostsmedia.com. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
Bristol, in South West England, is often considered the home of urban art in the UK,Brocka, Melinda (2012). "'See No Evil': UK's Largest Street Art Project In Bristol, England (PHOTOS, VIDEO)". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
As the hometown of both Damien Hirst and Banksy, Bristol known for the odd and artsy.
Notably only 3 of last years 72 or so works survived into this year (by Nick Walker, Aryz and El Mac)
regenerate areas such as the Bear Pit underpass and parts of Stokes Croft
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.
busted as the ringleader of 75+ artists in Operation Anderson 20 years ago
“Nelson Street ... is still one of the most depressing, ugly and run down streets in the whole of the city and something needed to be done about it. This project will be a great platform to revitalize the street and encourage its regeneration, as well as turning it around from an area avoided by most people into an attraction and legacy everyone can see all year.
“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 coupé that we’ve managed to pull this off in Bristol.”
Mike Bennett, Bristol City Council's place-making director, who will pay for half of the project through his salary [...]
Team Love, Inkie, Weapon of Choice, Destination Bristol, Beef and Brewers
“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."Inkie & Team Love Present: « 1LOVE®ART – ART STORE – Urban & Contemporary Art". 1loveart.com. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
LA based artist El Mac whose work is prolific across every continent will also bring his photorealistic painting style to Bristol,"Dire streets’ graff makeover". venue.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
Bristol-based Team Love (TL) are programming the music and helping arrange the Saturday street party for the ‘See No Evil’ project."See No Evil | Don't Panic Magazine | Arts". dontpaniconline.com. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
Bristol-based Team Love (TL) are programming the music and helping arrange the Saturday street party for the ‘See No Evil’ project.
The biggest hurdle in organising all this has just been trying to balance it out and keep everyone happy."Graffiti: Bristol to Host ‘See No Evil’ Street Art Event : RESPECT.". respect-mag.com. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
“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.
Some people would say the words ‘graffiti’ and ‘permanent project’ are a contradiction, that true graffiti is ephemeral and unsanctioned... 'That’s kind of true, yeah. Graffiti to me is wild-style lettering, characters and tags. What I do now is more illustration with spray cans. It’s just the term graffiti has stuck. But I just love the fact we’re down there painting the old magistrates court, where I got done for graffiti, and the police station, and the old juvenile courts. Twenty years ago, if you’d said we were going to do this, people would’ve laughed you out of town.'
Bristol’s Nelson Street was nothing but empty shells of grey buildings built by tasteless architects that stank of piss.
Bristol-based Team Love (TL) are programming the music and helping arrange the Saturday street party for the ‘See No Evil’ project.Brocka, Melinda (2012). "'See No Evil': UK's Largest Street Art Project In Bristol, England (PHOTOS, VIDEO)". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
As the hometown of both Damien Hirst and Banksy, Bristol is an English city known for the odd and artsy.
Graffiti artist BG 183, who came to Bristol this month [...] Hats off to O Two for this. [...] Nick Walker was author of perhaps the most striking piece at the event [...]
While recent projects like the See No Evil event in Bristol marked a major step forward in the UK's embrace of street art, it was shocking to note that of the 72 artists invited to take part, just two were women.
– horrible monstrosities from the Sixties and Seventies, they need to be pulled dow
Unique pieces of art can be seen all along the street from Andy Council, Aryz, Ben Slow, Best Ever, Bonzai, China Mike, Chu, Cosmo Sar...sen, El Mac, Dicey, Feek, GMC, Hit + Run, Inkie, Kashink, Maumau, Mr Jago, Mr Wany, Mysterious Al, Nick Walker, Pinky, Ponk, SEPR, She One, Shoe, Sick Boy, Smug, Solo One, Tats Cru and Goldie, Wow 123, Xenz and Zeus.
The biggest hurdle in organising all this has just been trying to balance it out and keep everyone happy.
Bristol, in South West England, is often considered the home of urban art in the UK,
‘See no Evil’ Organiser and Bristol’s place-making director Mike Bennett said “For a long time Bristol has been recognised as the UK’s street art capital. See No Evil and Hurricane’s film ‘Who’s Lenny?’ undoubtedly helped to cement that position Internationally as well as bringing much needed recognition to the artists involved. It’s difficult to imagine that the event would have reached such a large audience without the support of Hurricane Media and it’s fantastic that their hard work has been recognised by The RTS”
The film also explores how street art has a natural home in Bristol and explains the cities long and colorful graffiti history.
Between them, the artists used 3,500 spray paint cans and 700 litres of paint.
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– horrible monstrosities from the Sixties and Seventies, they need to be pulled dow
Notably only 3 of last years 72 or so works survived into this year (by Nick Walker, Aryz and El Mac)
animals parodying DaVinci’s famous The Last Supper painting. The animals include papparazi mice, fat cat bankers, a pig policeman and some unsavoury religious insects, all gambling with the devil holding the atomic bomb.
Simon Cook, deputy leader of Bristol City Council, told the throng: “Bristol has been renowned as a centre for ‘high art’, but it is fantastically lucky to be a centre for great urban art, too. It’s going to be a wonderful event and we applaud all those involved in bringing it together.”
The Grade II listed Westgate building was designed by renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed Battersea Power Station and Britain's famous red telephone boxes.
Images far too ordinary to be exhibited in art galleries are admired because they are on the street.
Some Conservative councillors said they thought the exhibition was a waste of money were unhappy the Liberal Democrat-run council had contributed towards funding it.
In just one year, See No Evil generated enough publicity to not only successfully rejuvenate a very run down area of Bristol but turn it into one of Bristol’s biggest tourist attractions.
When asked about the legacy of See No Evil, Dave Harvey was very quick to go to the roots of it all. “In terms of legacy – obviously the street itself. This street this time last year, no one came here, there was nothing on the street, it was really grey and dismal. This year council figures show tens of thousands more people are coming down here every month to look at the art. We have gone a lot a bigger this year so we hope that will increase.”