100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 3 – Upside Gallery

The Upside Gallery in Bournemouth is an unusual location for an art gallery. Six x 10 metre tall concrete pillars, which support the elevated section of the A338 Wessex Way (the main road into Bournemouth), have become ‘canvases’ for some of the country’s best street artists. What used to be a rather gloomy area between Bournemouth’s Central and Upper gardens has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery. Judging by the number of people who stopped to comment while I was taking photos, it is a very popular addition to the local landscape.

Bournemouth Upside Gallery
Bournemouth Upside Gallery

The Upside Gallery is only a 10 minute walk from Bournemouth town centre (or a 15 minute walk from the beach). It can be reached by following the path through the town’s award winning gardens. (You can’t cycle through the gardens, but there is a cycle path which runs alongside).

Bournemouth Lower Gardens
Bournemouth Lower Gardens

The project was the brainchild of local artist agency Paintshop Studio, whose bold designs can be seen throughout the town – they’ve even been in action in the toilets on Bournemouth Pier!

If you want to know more about the works on display or the artists who created them, each pillar contains QR Codes which link to the relevant pages of the Upside Gallery website.

Upside Gallery
Bournemouth Upside Gallery

Carpe Diem – Bonzai

Southampton artist Dave Bonzai has created this intricate shimmering metallic grafitti of the words Carpe Diem (Seize the Day). Is it just me for whom the phrase Carpe Diem conjures up images of Robin Williams and the Dead Poets Society?

Carpe Diem - Bonzai
Carpe Diem – Bonzai

Infinite History – Gary Stranger

Gary hails from further along the coast in Brighton and specialises in creating complex images combining typography with geometric shapes. Here, the word history has been written to form an infinite loop – deep!

History
History – Gary Stranger

No Name – Best Ever

Local duo Neil and Hadley, aka Best Ever, have produced this piece with no name which merges abstract with photorealism. Or is is named No Name? I don’t know but I love it – look at the detail in those hands.

No Name - Best Ever
No Name – Best Ever

Fly on the Wall – Tech Moon

Tech Moon, another Bournemouth based artist (aka Krishna Malla) has created a stunningly beautiful fly on the wall, on the wall. Who knew a fly could be so beautiful? Which of course, is the point – you can find beauty anywhere if you look for it. If you like Tech Moon’s work, there is plenty more of it in and around Bournemouth to enjoy.

Fly on the Wall - Tech Moon
Fly on the Wall – Tech Moon

Untitled – Odisy

I love this piece by Bournemouth artist Alex Odisy who’s gone full-on seaside with a pipe smoking fisherman and bathing belle.

Untitled - Odisy
Untitled – Odisy

Lily & Roses – Philth

Taking his his inspiration from the surrounding gardens, Philth Blake has painted a pattern of roses and lilies reminiscent of William Morris wallpaper.

Lily & Roses - Philth
Lily & Roses – Philth

Monolith B – Remi Rough

Londoner Remi has gone abstract with his Monolith B, which makes me wonder, what happened to Monolith A?

Monolith B - Remi Rough
Monolith B – Remi Rough

On the Shoulders of Giants – Ricky Also

Ricky, Creative Director of the aforementioned Paintshop Studio, has chosen the phrase ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ for this project of gigantic proportions.

On the Shoulders of Giants - Ricky Also
On the Shoulders of Giants – Ricky Also

Bottled Oxygen – Squirl

Squirl’s work is an abstraction of the surrounding of the Upside Gallery.

Bottled Oxygen - Squirl
Bottled Oxygen – Squirl

Islands – Tea One

Tea One came all the way from Preston to create his Island scene with his boat sits on its abstract island on the bank of the River Bourne.

Islands - Tea One
Islands – Tea One

Deep Deco Forest – Will Barras

I love this piece by Bristolian Wil Barras. I’ve no idea what’s going on, but I love it anyway!

Deep Deco Forest - Will Barras
Deep Deco Forest – Will Barras

Author: Jane's Midlife Journey

Stopped work, started travelling. Sometimes I run - combining the two with some parkrun tourism.

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