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Street painting exhibit in Bristol
Art in Greville Road in Southville, picture Toby Farrow
The words in Greville Road will soon be erased by the weather and car tyres

A Bristol street has been transformed by a temporary new art work, which sees white chalk words written on walls, roads and pavements.

The words in Greville Road, Southville, all depict memories of childhood play.

'Write Up Your Street' was created by 15 residents and artists, who want to 'reclaim the streets' for play, not just for 'transport and car parking.'

Anyone wanting to experience the project should do so soon, as weather and car tyres will erase the words.

Artist and Greville Road resident Amy Rose said: "The memories we collected from the adults were really evocative.

"We wanted to use them to create a treat for people passing by, to invite a new way of seeing familiar surroundings. It also creates a kind of 'mental speed bump' for drivers."

As the chalk fades, organisers want to ask what children growing up today will remember about their own childhood play.

The memories had been gathered at an event called 'Playing Out', organised by residents of Greville Road last June.

'Playing Out' imitated the 'play streets' that were active in many UK cities from the 1930s to the 1970s - the road was closed to through traffic and children were invited to use it as they wanted.




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