VIDEO: Street art on display at Temple Meads station
The transition of street art from the underground to mainstream has taken another step forward today as two new works by Bristol artists were unveiled at Temple Meads station.
The pieces, by Inkie and Filthy Luker, both draw on the past, present and future of Bristol, and were commissioned by the 'BTQ Commissions Project' to improve visitors first impressions of Bristol when they arrive at Temple Meads.
Over the next week it will be hard to miss ‘Shoot and Leaf’ a new installation piece Bristol's internationally acclaimed street artist Filthy Luker. The installation will be inflated a little more every day as it 'grows' out of the cobblestones outside the Passenger Shed.
In this video Luker explains how he gets his inspiration from everyday objects and turns them into outlandishly sized inflatable sculptures.
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Meanwhile, inside Temple Meads station, a new work by Bristol-born artist Inkie was unveiled.
“The 'Bristol to Brooklyn' piece represents the long-standing connections between Bristol and New York, from the days of Brunel through to the present day and the street artists / musical links between them” said Inkie.
“The work uses key elements from both cities, from the bridges of Bristol and Brooklyn, to Concorde, an intercity train and a New York subway token. It forms a sister piece to the one I painted in Brooklyn last year as part of the BEAM event, and uses traditional Art Nouveau blended with New York spray painting techniques forming my signature Ink Nouveau style.
“In many ways the Bristol underground scene shaped me - from graffiti to wild bunch - and my approach to my art. The city’s creativity and energy is unique and at long last globally respected. I’m up for promoting and making a statement about Bristol’s creative past and future.”
The new work of art will be displayed inside the historic station and First Great Western’s Mike Holmes, said: “Bristol is a vibrant city with a fantastic cultural heritage. At First Great Western we are committed to supporting the communities we serve – over 10 million people a year pass through this station and this project is a great way to involve local artists and improve the station environment for all.”
This is only the beginning of the cultural transformation of the area. A new art competition was also launched today by Bristol Festival of Ideas director Andrew Kelly. “Temple Meads is a key gateway to Bristol and an important landmark in the city, but parts of the station and some of its approaches are confusing and lack interest.”
“This gateway competition will encourage the development of ideas for projects that would provide a better welcome to the city. There is a wealth of talent and creativity out there and we’re looking forward to seeing what ideas are put forward.”
Jonathan May, MD of Sponsorcraft and founder of the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Network, said: “As a new business in the Enterprise Zone, it is great to see so much cultural activity going on in Temple Quarter. We need creative projects like this, which help to raise awareness and make it a desirable place that people want to come to for both work and play. At the moment, Temple Quarter doesn’t really exist as a destination in most peoples’ minds, so this type of activity will help create an identity and draw people in.”