Metamorphosis is the new mural in Bristol to spread 'diversity' message

A new big mix of cultures, races, ages, social classes and walks of life mural has been created in Stokes Croft, a road in Bristol, that is part of the A38, a main road north of the city centre.

Painted by over 20 different artists in Bristol, the message it aims to deliver is ‘hope, restoration and transformation’.

Street art in Stokes Croft. Image credit: James Beck/Freelance/Bristol Live

The main artist behind the project, Emma Holloway, thinks that the street art “connects to the bigger picture of what’s happening in Bristol" and in many cities in the UK and worldwide.

The first half of the mural was already completed last year, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequently safety health measures, the remaining part of the painting was completed later.


The 30ft-long mural on one wall of E5 Church has taken parishioners two months to paint, with just a butterfly remaining to complete at one end of Hillgrove Street.

More than 20 people of all ages and backgrounds have helped paint the piece, known as Metamorphosis.

Image credit e5_creatives via Instagram

Emma, who will also be painting at Upfest, Europe's largest live street art and graffiti festival,

next year, declared: “Everyday it is seen by families who live nearby, NHS workers on their way to work, those living in the Compass, a homeless shelter next door, those enjoying the local music, art, restaurants and cafes in Stokes as well as visitors to Bristol from all over the world.

“The wall of multi-coloured, multi-faceted gemstones represent the diversity of E5 church and the worldwide church. It’s a big mix of cultures, races, ages, social classes and walks of life.”

The butterfly on the mural represents “metamorphosis and spiritual rebirth”, and hopefully it will bring a “hope-filled vibe” to the area and a message to the rest of the country.

The first phase of the mural was completed in 2019. Image credit Martin Boot/B24/7

The team is urging members of the public to get involved with their work, take a picture with the interactive butterfly and post images on Instagram to help spread their message.

“We’ve had so many positive comments over the last year about how much people like what we’ve created from people saying it makes them feel happy just looking at it, to ‘It’s like a journey, like we’re all in process of transformation’”, Emma added.

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