Nelson Street is a non-descript thoroughfare of unattractive, scruffy, in some cases, semi-derelict, buildings on the edge of the old city area of Bristol. In 2011 and 2013 it was transformed by a festival of Street Art. The works, many on a monumental scale, include both figurative to abstract works, some with elements of both and many of them containing figures of fantasy.
There are some fantastic works of art and the street is now a tourist attraction. I didn’t like everything but applaud the imagination of both the artists and the organisers. They’re not to everyone’s’ taste, and there are a substantial number of people who’d like to see them removed. But that would be a pity. As Bristol born Banksy has shown, what starts on the street can become mainstream. For once I find myself agreeing with the Telegraph
The progress of all art – whether we are talking the Impressionists or the spray-cannists – is always from outsider status, towards the established.
and that’s not easy to for a Guardian reader admit .