As if the Gloucester Blues Festival was not enough entertainment for the weekend (did I mention that it was awesome by the way?), last weekend the first Paint Jam was organised in the city – those Marketing Gloucester folks like to keep themselves busy!
This was a superb event, with street artists flocking from all over to showcase their work: some on temporary boards erected in King’s Square, some on buildings around the city which have been offered up for the cause.
I took a walk around on Saturday and it is fascinating to watch the art work take shape in its early stages. Unfortunately, half way through the afternoon it rained.
Did I say rained? That’s a bit like saying there was a bit of drizzle when Noah launched his boat: what happened was more akin to a monsoon.
In most cases the art work survived, but some got washed away, which must be very dispiriting. All the artists then also had to manage with wet boards/ walls for a while until things dried out, which probably slowed them down a bit.
Nonetheless, when I returned on Sunday lunch time, prior to a bit of blues, it was amazing to see how much progress had been made. These guys don’t hang about.
I didn’t manage to get back for the end of the day and see the finished product, but luckily it will be around for a while to give everyone the chance to see it: the boards will be in King’s Square for the next month and the artwork on the buildings will be there for a year.
It certainly brightens the place up a bit, here’s just a small glimpse at some of the amazing works.