In January 2013, two new artworks by internationally renowned Bristol artists were unveiled at Bristol Temple Meads to celebrate the launch of the Bristol Temple Quarter commissions. The Bristol Temple Quarter project aims to engage people with Bristol Temple Quarter through new cultural experiences designed to surprise, question and delight.
Bristol-born artist and curator of See No Evil, Inkie produced a new artwork entitled Bristol to Brooklyn. First displayed on Platform 3, you can still see this large and colourful artwork in the tunnel leading to the platforms.
Bristol to Brooklyn is the sister work to a piece Inkie unveiled in Brooklyn in 2012 and it represents the long-standing connections between Bristol and New York.
"From the days of Brunel through to the present day and the street artists/musical links between them, the piece uses key elements from both cities, from the bridges of Bristol and Brooklyn, to Concorde, an intercity train and a New York subway token", says Inkie.
A giant inflatable artwork created by Bristol street artists, Filthy Luker, Pedro Estrellas and Dave Dwight, was also revealed outside Brunel’s Old Station as you approach the main entrance to Temple Meads.
Shoot and Leaf is a 10m high inflatable plant shoot which appears to be bursting through the cobblestones and heading for the sky. Filthy Luker specialises in taking everyday objects and turning them into outlandishly sized inflatable sculptures.
From Bristol to Brooklyn andShoot and Leaf were part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions, coordinated by Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England. The projects were designed to pop up, excite and re-invent perceptions and potentials.
Images by Farrows Creative
Ended in January 2013