Bristol street art heavyweights join forces for new mural

A colourful new mural has been unveiled on one of the most famous street art walls in Bristol.

Located on North Street on the Tobacco Factory wall facing Aldi, the mural features scenes of Bristol and people holding fruit and vegetables, with the words ‘Planet Local’.

Planet Local has been created by Bristol street art heavyweights, Silent Hobo and Inkie, to promote the Planet Local Summit, which takes place in Bristol at the end of September.

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The huge piece of work was commissioned by Tobacco Factory owner and former Bristol mayor George Ferguson, and has been backed by Bedminster BID and Local Futures.

The Planet Local mural will remain on the Tobacco Factory until next year’s Upfest – photo: Mia Vines Booth

On Sunday, Inkie and Silent Hobo were making final touches to the piece, which is the first commissioned piece they have worked on together.

Inkie is best known for his distinctive typefaces, which can be spotted everywhere from Cotham Hill to St Paul’s.

Silent Hobo has made a name for himself in more recent months with colourful cartoon-like images of people that have become synonymous with Bristol’s culture.

The Planet Local mural replaced Devon artist Sophie Mess’ Wonder, which was painted as part of last year’s Upfest, and will remain until next year’s festival.

The Planet Local Summit is an international event which will take place in Bristol for the first time this year. Featuring speakers from worldwide, the festival’s central ethos is a focus on local food economies, and the weekend will include talks, workshops, debates and music

This year’s festival will bring grassroots activists from all over the globe, including Pat McCabe, an indigenous artist, activist and grandmother from the US, and Poppy Okotcha, an ecological food grower, garden writer and speaker from the UK.

Planet Local Summit takes place on Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, across Tobacco Factory, St George’s and Bristol Folk House. To book tickets visit www.planetlocalsummit.com

Main photo: Mia Vines Booth

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