Eighty-two unique bugs will be taking over Bedminster in Bristol this summer. Visitors to the area will be able to spot a giant butterfly attached to a building, oversized stag beetles in the streets and an army of caterpillars crawling over shops and road signs, each painted by a prolific urban artist or school from the city.
Each unique and beautiful bug will take pride of place on buildings, in shops and throughout Bedminster’s streets, with organisers inviting visitors to spot each of the critters while experiencing the area’s diverse amenities, shops and eating establishments.
The art trail is organised by Upfest gallery and Bedminster Town Team, recruiting cutting edge urban artists to lead the project including SPZero76, Mr Jago, Copyright and Cheo. The initiative is being supported by The Southern Co-operative which has a store on North Street.
The art trail will launch on Thursday 14th March at 5.30pm-7.00pm when Bristol’s Renegade Artists will transform into bugs themselves on East Street. Expect fire breathing fireflies, acrobatic beetles and a hula-hooping caterpillar. Bug-themed food and drink will be available to guests who attend the unveiling of the final bug in preparation for the trail’s official start date on 16th March 2013.
The first person to spot all the bugs on the trail and tag them in Bedminster on Facebook will win an urban art workshop for four people with one of the urban artists working on the project.
Ben Barker, local resident and Mary Portas Pilot Champion explains;
“The Beautiful Bugs of Bedminster project is one of the many artistic initiatives that the Town Team has brought to the area. Local and national artists have been scouted to add a splash of colour to a host of bugs including caterpillars, ladybirds, butterflies, bed bugs, earwigs and a stag beetle. It’s the perfect Easter day out for families to explore Bedminster as an area and check out its attractions, shops and restaurants while doing a bit of bug spotting.
Steve Hayles, curator of the project and owner of Upfest gallery in Bedminster explains;
“We have enlisted the help of Bristol’s finest urban artists to paint the bugs, which each has its own style and personality. There will be some recognisable pieces, some beautiful surprises and some hidden gems on the trail, which are in production as we speak ready for them to descend on Bristol.”
Ted Merdler, Head of Brand Engagement and Communications at The Southern Co-operative, added: “As a co-operative, working with and being part of the local communities in which we trade is at the heart of our business ethos. This is an imaginative and exciting community project that The Southern Co-operative is proud to support. We hope that residents and visitors will enjoy our own bug, the Cheo bee, at our food store in North Street and explore Bedminster to discover the other beautiful bugs along the trail!”