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Bristol, where community reigns

Bristol is a community-centric city if I’ve ever seen one.

It’s got its own currency, the Bristol Pound, that’s used everywhere in the area from the local markets and food stalls, to its public transport system, to the gas and electric companies that service Bristol. Unlike the British Pound, where just 20% of the money stays in the area, a whopping 80% of the Bristol Pound stays in the community, supporting local farmers, tradesmen, and businesses. They are fiercely proud of reinvesting in the area. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen as many organic, local, sustainable options that were so normalized, rather than being a high-end or trendy experience as so often in the states.

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Left and Right: Two pieces voicing environmental concern. Center: Geometric piece that speaks to the riverfront identity of Bristol.

Bristolians find pride in their community and a major outlet for this is their street art. Bristol is the home of the ever-popular and famous Banksy. We went on a hunt for some of his works; while we only found a few of his works that were preserved, we found so many other works that spoke to Bristol’s thought-provoking, and often humorous, identity.

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Even their graffiti/street art speaks to their local values
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“Rosetrap”- this Banksy piece is fairly small, but has been framed with a glass overlay to protect it.

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Left: "Mild mild west" - another Banksy work. Center: Classic, yet modern. Right: Whimsical wall
Left: “Mild mild west” – another Banksy work. Center: Classic, yet modern. Right: Whimsical wall
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Left: Yes, that is a unicorn vomiting a rainbow. Right: Brightly colored buildings are everywhere. Even the cars match.
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Early Banksy work. Very meta.
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No detail left unnoticed. Even the pole is painted in perfect alignment with the mural (from all directions!)

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Left: Mural of a nearby sculpture by a local artist in Stokes Croft area. Right: Banksy's "Caughtout" near the College Green
Left: Mural of a nearby sculpture by a local artist in Stokes Croft area. Right: Banksy’s “Caught Out” near the College Green

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Bristol's city hall has unicorn toppers. Literally.
Bristol’s city hall has unicorn toppers. Literally.

Only in Bristol, it seems.

4 Comments

  1. red red

    Awesome! The attention to how the viewer will see the finished piece is amazing! (Eg “Caught Out and Purple Rain) Thank you for sharing.

  2. eve eve

    Great description of the area and whish the organic was the norm everywhere. I enjoy the pictures and yes also the graffiti.

  3. Barbara Crowe Barbara Crowe

    Wonder what it is that keeps this town so connected? From your description, it sounds like this community has made supporting each other a priority. There must be much positivity there.

    • Yes there is! There are lots of initiatives to keep them connected and supporting local business too.

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