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‘Anti-vax’ message on striking Bristol street art mural altered

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An ‘anti-vax’ message daubed on a striking street art mural in Bristol has been altered.

The artwork on the wall of the Tobacco Factory in Ashton Gate was unveiled weeks ago as part of this year’s Upfest, replacing the iconic Greta Thunberg mural.

However it was defaced overnight on Friday when the words “Say no to Satan’s jab” were written over the top of it in bright yellow capital letters.

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Dozens of people took to social media to comment on the vandalism.

One Twitter user commented: “That’s really sad to see. Absolutely love the Tobacco Factory murals. Wrong on so many levels.”

“Unbelievable. How sad,” added another.

But the large lettering has since been partially erased, as the bottom row of text has been removed overnight, so now it only reads “Say no”. It is not yet known who made the alteration.

The huge mural is in a prominent position facing the entrance to Aldi, and was a centrepiece of this year’s street art festival.

Greek artist Insane51 created the work of art on the side of the popular North Street venue, using a specialist style of painting called double-exposure 3D.

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It involves spraying one painting on the top of another, with each one revealed separately when viewed through different coloured lenses of three-dimensional glasses.

The mural depicts Greek goddess of the night Nyx, who can be seen in all her beauty when viewed through blue lenses – but red lenses will only show her skeleton, like an X-ray.



The message previously read: "Say no to Satan's jab."
The message previously read: “Say no to Satan’s jab.”

Last month Upfest’s co-founder shared his devastation after other murals were daubed with sinister messages, such as ‘Die Upfest’ and ‘Kill Upfest’ – there is no suggestion that the latest ‘anti-vax’ message is linked.

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