VIDEO: Watch out for the Beautiful Bugs of Bedminster
Manhandling a two metre model caterpillar into place above a Bedminster shop is no mean feat, but Steve Hayles, curator of The Beautiful Bugs of Bedminster, is pretty used to it by now. He's installed 82 unique butterflies, bugs and beetles all over shops and road signs along East Street, as part of a new arts trail initiative designed to help revitalise the area.
“We have enlisted the help of Bristol’s finest urban artists to paint the bugs, which each has its own style and personality." said Mr Hayles.
Watch the video of the caterpillar being put into place.
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The project is part of the Mary Portas initiative which aims to try and bring shoppers back to the local high street. The project is hoping to replicate the success of the gorilla trail, by encouraging people to explore East street as they go bug hunting.
Paul Simmons, who lives in Bedminster, watched as the giant caterpillar was unloaded: "I reckon it's good. It's obviously going to brighten it up and make it more adventurous for the kids. Bedminster is run down - you can see people around with bleak faces and this is going to perk them up."
Emma Richards was out shopping with her son Oliver when they spotted the bugs. "I quite like it - I really enjoyed the gorillas and it's good to have something more local. It's got a lot to offer and it's something fun which all the family can get involved with, so I hope it attracts more people to come here."
Here's a video of all the bugs in action.
The art trail launches on Thursday night with night market and performances by Bristol’s Renegade Artists who will transform into bugs themselves on East Street. There will be fire breathing fireflies, acrobatic beetles and a hula-hooping caterpillar. There will also be bug-themed food and the unveiling of the final bug.