First of this year's See No Evil graffiti appears in Bristol
A CROUCHING fox hugging its tail is the first piece of art work to appear on Nelson Street as part of this year's See No Evil.
Over the weekend Belgian artist ROA made his mark on the former Avon Probation Service building, on the corner of Bridewell Street.
The rest of the artwork will be completed between August 13 and 19 as part of the project's week-long schedule of celebrations.
A list of 30 top street artists have been named to take part in this year's See No Evil, curated by former Filton College student Inkie.
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New York-based artist Mark Bodé, son of the inventor of Cheech Wiz – the original graffiti cartoon character – will be joined by the likes of M City, who creates stunning black- and-white post-industrial stencils.
Alphabet painter Eine, whose work was famously given as a present from Prime Minister David Cameron to US President Barack Obama on his first state visit, has also confirmed he will be at the event, as will homegrown talent Nick Walker.
The list of 30 artists has been whittled down from 150 by the See No Evil curation team and Tom Bingle, aka Inkie.
He said: "The artists are people whose work I've seen while I've been on my travels. They are all on the list because of their talent. There is a lot of Bristol talent too – that's where it all started.
"We spoke to last year's artists and asked them who they would like to see working on the buildings – it's about collaboration too."
Much of last year's work will be painted over by artists although new buildings have been added to project such as the NCP car park, in Fairfax Street, and an extra side of one of the high rise towers. Now the challenge lies in matching artists to buildings.
Inkie said: "Last year we didn't know we were going to be doing it again but from the feedback we got people preferred the bigger pieces. We listened and we're trying to make the pieces more uniform although what the artists do is, within reason, up to them.
"The most popular areas people want to do are the bridge and the towers where you get a great view down the street."
Last year 16,000 people flocked to Bristol to see the display of street art. The project, the brainchild of Mike Bennett, was the largest street project in the UK. This year's celebrations form past of the London 2012 Festival, a summer-long arts festival celebrating the Olympic games.
Inkie, who is due to paint with last year's artists Tats Cru in the New York Bronx this summer, added: "If it wasn't for Mike none of this would have happened. It is amazing. One of the things that is new this year is the Friday night event at Passenger Shed. I'll be doing some live iPad drawings which will be beamed via a projector and it's all set to music.
"The hoardings around Temple Meads will be painted and so there is a real feeling of everything coming together.
"Last year we didn't know what kind of a reaction we would get but when I heard about the scale of it I knew it would be a success. I really can't wait to see what this year brings."