Bristol’s largest street art mural disfigured by ‘anti-vax’ message

A striking new mural painted as part of this year’s Upfest has been vandalized with an “anti-vax” message.

Just weeks after its unveiling in place of Greta Thunberg’s iconic fresco, a corner of the ‘Greek Goddess of the Night’ artwork at Ashton Gate was smeared with bright yellow letters.

In big capital letters, the message clearly states, “Say no to Satan’s move.

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The huge mural is prominent in front of Aldi’s entrance and was the centerpiece of this year’s street art festival.

Greek artist Insane51 created the artwork on the side of the tobacco factory on North Street, using a specialized painting style called 3D Double Exposure.

It depicts the Greek night goddess Nyx, who can be seen in all her beauty when seen through blue lenses – but the red lenses will only show her skeleton, like an x-ray. It’s about spraying one paint on another, each one revealed separately when viewed through different colored lenses of three-dimensional glasses.

Last month, the Upfest co-founder shared his devastation after other murals were smeared with sinister messages, such as “Die Upfest” and “Kill Upfest”.

There is no indication that the last post, which was spotted by passers-by this morning (Saturday August 28), is linked.

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The goddess replaced the famous mural by climate change activist Greta Thunberg, painted by Jody Thomas in 2019.

Dozens of people have taken to social media to comment on the controversial update.

Insane51’s double exposure mural on the tobacco factory wall has been smeared with the words “Say no to Satan’s jab”

One Twitter user commented, “It’s really sad to see. I love the Tobacco Factory murals. Wrong on so many levels.”

“Unbelievable. How sad,” added another.

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