The stunning designs displayed on a row of Victorian terraced buildings on North Street in south Bristol, otherwise known as the Six Sisters mural, are hard to miss, however the iconic mural series is being brought to life ahead of the Easter holidays. The street art festival Upfest has teamed up with Bristol VR company Zubr, supported by the West of England Combined Authority, to allow visitors to the Bedminster mural witness it in an exciting way.
Using cutting-edge technology, you can see the mural that brought together six of Bristol’s leading female street artists to create what has become a new landmark in the city’s graffiti scene in a whole new light. Zubr has created a filter, which can be accessed from Upfest’s Instagram, that is an augmented reality you can view via your mobile phone to generate the illusion of eye-popping 3D content existing in the real world right in front of the Six Sisters mural.
Creating that link between painting and performance, this augmentation will offer an engaging experience to its users. With the announcement of the project’s completion coinciding with International Women’s Day in 2021, these signature pieces on North Street in Bedminster will once again be another reason to head over to south Bristol.
The works of Bex Glover, Lucas Antics, Zoe Power, Gemma Compton, Sophie Long and Ejits is a culmination of creativity, talent and imagination where you can expect to see fox’s jumping, oodles of poodles running around and bumble bees in a beacon of bold colours transforming before your very own eyes. The VR filters are available through Upfest’s Instagram or simply head to their website to get details of how each filter works.
For the ultimate street art experience and chance to view the augmented reality, Upfest runs a series of street art tours where you can learn all about the artists behind your favourite Bristol murals, including those who created the Six Sisters mural series. To support the 15th Upfest festival on May 28 and 29, the street art festival organisers have set up a crowdfunding page in order to raise money for this year’s free event and those who donate can even get rewards from their donations.