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Groundbreaking Graffiti Panels of Bristol by Local Artist Unveiled by Mayor George Ferguson

Icon Films is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new series of groundbreaking graffiti panels of the city by local art student Sam Bristow.

The four panels, which measure over 20 feet and are spray painted and finished off with graffiti pens, represent vistas of Bristol and feature many of the city’s best known sights including the Bristol Suspension Bridge, SS Great Britain, the Wills Memorial Building, Cabot Circus and the new harbourside complex.

Bristow, who is 19 and currently studying for a foundation diploma at the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Bristol School Art, took much of his inspiration from Icon’s wildlife documentaries and factual programmes.

The result is an extraordinary, surreal work of art where the streets of Bristol are peopled by leopards, bears, a giant snake, a huge blue elephant and a slow loris. Meanwhile a herd of yetis roam Cabot Circus with shopping bags in their hands and an enormous dung beetle throws boluses of dung from the top of Colston Tower. Bristol Mayor George Ferguson is seen disappearing into the mouth of a monitor lizard—only his trademark red trousers are visible.

Icon Films’ most famous and successful series ‘River Monsters’, also features in the panels, with piranhas jumping out of the Floating Harbour and star presenter Jeremy Wade holding a goliath tiger fish. Icon Films founders Harry and Laura Marshall are also depicted in the murals. So too is the company’s loveable mascot, Parson Russell Terrier Alphie Marshall.

Icon Films’ creative director Harry Marshall says ‘For 25 years Icon Films has benefitted from and in return, fostered local talent. It's all about Bristol and creativity and that is exactly what Sam Bristow's literally fantastic graffiti celebrates.’


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