Louis Masai: Save the Bees, Bricklane, Shoreditch

The community art in North Taunton is about to get a lot edgier!

Routes to the River Tone is poised to welcome fine artist Louis Masai with his vibrant and distinctly urban take on highlighting the vulnerability of wildlife. Louis is adept at spray-painting large scale murals of unlikely subjects in surprising locations. No one expects to see a 4metre high graffiti hedgehog, the two worlds just don’t collide and yet we know they do. These creatures are inhabitants of our towns and cities as much as we are and by fulfilling their needs so that they may continue to do so will naturally result in an enhanced, healthier environment for us all to live in.

While in Priorswood Louis will be drawing our attention to the plight of Somerset’s bats, water voles, bees and hedgehogs. You are invited to watch him at work on the 27, 28, 29 and 30 August. To discover his daily location visit the Priorswood Community Centre for details.

These works will stay in situ indefinitely but the lifespan of graffiti art is fleeting, especially in larger cities and are literally here today gone tomorrow. Louis feels that this transient quality of his work mirrors the plight of the world’s endangered species, which if we are not careful will too disappear all too soon unless we take action.

No doubt this is a provocative, thought provoking arts project for North Taunton that will naturally engage with it’s teenagers alongside all age groups who cannot fail to witness nature with attitude taking over their local streets.

Intrigued? Watch Louis at work in this wonderful short film:

More info:

SAW Projects with Somerset Wildlife Trust – Routes to the River Tone

Somerset Wildlife Trust website


Published on August 24, 2015 // Davina Jelley