I love street art and taking as many pictures of it as I can. The main reason I document street art is because it never stays around forever. No matter how great you or the next person thinks the piece of art is, there are certain factors that help to destroy street art as soon as the paint dries. These factors include:
1. Taggers are the main culprits. A tagger is someone who wants to destroy other people’s art work. I mainly think it’s through jealousy of the artists work or they think they can do better themselves. It may just be through boredom and it’s just a joke to tag another persons work. When it comes to street art unfortunately there are no rules and everything is fair game.
2. Local authorities have to maintain a certain standard within towns or cities. The council will cover up street art pretty much within a week or so. There is always an exception to the rule if it’s a Banksy piece this usually stays as they are interested in the money aspect or tourism that can and would benefit the town or city.
3. Property Owners If a building is graffitied without the consent of the owner the street art is likely to be painted over. Sometimes it may stay but this would be at the owners discretion.
4. Demolition Many derelict buildings will have some kind or graffiti inside the property or on the outside. Unfortunately these buildings are sometimes condemned and likey to be torn down. There is usually no time frame and luckily many buildings are around for a long time before they get demolished.
Europe’s largest Street art festival, Upfest, North Street, Bedminster, Bristol.
Upfest is a free street art festival which includes, live painting, music, bands, market stalls, spray painting lessons and many local businesses getting involved to promote the event which is held on the last weekend in July.
Upfest helps support local businesses in Bedminster and a lot of their income comes from the busy weekend at the end of July. The festival started in 2008 and has proved extremely popular among Bristol residents in North Street, Bedminster. The festival also attracts visitors from all around the country that attend to see the live painting from over 250 street artists from all over the world.
There is also a Upfest gallery shop on North street, where you can find and purchase many pieces of artwork from the artists involved in the festival. Since Upfest began it has supported and has raised money for a local Bristol charity:
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).
Upfest 2015 has been promoted really well this year via social media pages and has also had featured articles after the event in The Times, The Guardian and the Telegraph Newspapers.
Due to Upfest being free and family friendly it’s an excellent festival to visit. All ages can get involved in activities put on by the festival.
There is also a chance to speak to your favourite artists taking part in the event.