Bug-themed art trail launches in Bedminster
A SPECIAL bug-themed art trail launches in Bedminster tomorrow.
From Saturday, visitors to the area can spot a giant butterfly attached to a building, oversized stag beetles in the streets and an army of caterpillars crawling over shops and road signs, each painted by an urban artist or school from the city.
Organisers of the art trail are inviting visitors to spot each of the critters while experiencing the area’s diverse amenities, shops and eating establishments.
The art trail is organised by Upfest gallery and Bedminster Town Team, who recruited cutting edge urban artists to lead the project including SPZero76, Mr Jago, Copyright and Cheo.
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The first person to spot all the bugs on the trail and tag them in Bedminster on Facebook will win an urban art workshop for four people with one of the urban artists working on the project.
Ben Barker, local resident and Mary Portas Pilot Champion, explains: “The Beautiful Bugs of Bedminster project is one of the many artistic initiatives that the Town Team has brought to the area.
"Local and national artists have been scouted to add a splash of colour to a host of bugs including caterpillars, ladybirds, butterflies, bed bugs, earwigs and a stag beetle.
"It’s the perfect Easter day out for families to explore Bedminster as an area and check out its attractions, shops and restaurants while doing a bit of bug spotting.
Steve Hayles, curator of the project and owner of Upfest gallery in Bedminster, explains: “We have enlisted the help of Bristol’s finest urban artists to paint the bugs, which each has its own style and personality.
"There will be some recognisable pieces, some beautiful surprises and some hidden gems on the trail, which are in production as we speak ready for them to descend on Bristol.”
For more information visit www.bedminster.org.uk/, @bedminsterTT and www.facebook.com/bedminsterbristol.bs3