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Street Art & Graffiti
Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

London-based, Scottish artist Robert Montgomery creates these enormous poetic billboards set in simple type to fill urban landscapes with a little dose of poetry and magic. The ambiguous and often melancholy lines are further emphasized when lit up with crisp neon or set on fire to burn away into the night, with letters slowly dropping...
250,000 Shiny Eurocents Lined Up in Precise Public Art Calligraphy

250,000 Shiny Eurocents Lined Up in Precise Public Art Calligraphy

This installation is pretty old in interweb years– Stefan Sagmeister and his team completed it in 2008– but it still deserves a revisit for the lovely presentation of a statement that many a designer can resound with. On September 13, 2008, Sagmeister and his team began laying out 250,000 Eurocents on Waagdragerhof Square in Amsterdam...
Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Here’s a new way to reinvent old landmarks– a fresh coat of latex paint transformed this historic Church in Ward 6 of Washington DC into an explosively colorful mural. Atlanta-based graffiti artist Hense painted this mural/installation as part of the neighborhood’s movement towards art and design: the up and coming area is located directly across...
Enormous Cardboard Boombox: The Mini Ghettoblaster

Enormous Cardboard Boombox: The Mini Ghettoblaster

Berlin-based art director Bartek Elsner has quite the touch with cardboard– his all-cardboard sculptures are crisp and realistic, while keeping the textures and colors of the medium. His most recent client piece was a “Mini Ghettoblaster” commissioned by MINI Schweiz, which uses an enormous cardboard boombox to house a real MINI cooper inside, as a...
Someone Dropped This Enormous Plate in Belgium

Someone Dropped This Enormous Plate in Belgium

This, my friends, is “The Plate.” The enormous public art piece is a collaboration between Lucile Soufflet and Bernard Gigounon, and it was commissioned by the city of La Louvière, a little town in Belgium, which manufactured plates for more than 160 years. It can be read as a sardonic expression of the declining plate...
Phone Booth Aquariums: Public Art Filled With Live Goldfish

Phone Booth Aquariums: Public Art Filled With Live Goldfish

This is all sorts of fantastical whimsy–  Japanese art collective Kingyobu (金魚部) have been placing phonebooths filled with hundred of live goldfish all over Osaka as pieces of public art! Kingyobu, which roughly translates to “goldfish club,” is actually comprised of students from Kyoto University of Art and Design, who noticed that cell phones have made phone...
Gorgeous, Expansive Public Art: 163 Tiled Steps in San Francisco

Gorgeous, Expansive Public Art: 163 Tiled Steps in San Francisco

Somewhere in San Francisco (well, at 16th and Moraga, to be exact) there is a series of 163 steps that practically beckon you to climb them: from the bottom of the stairs, you can see an expansive, colorful, and gorgeously rich pattern of tiles that adorn the sides of the steps, creating a lovely path...
GIF-ITTI: Trippy Street Art as GIFs

GIF-ITTI: Trippy Street Art as GIFs

Graffiti artist INSA started a series of GIF-ITTI (GIF + graffiti) recently, which lives in the odd but absolutely interesting intersection between real world art and viral online images. Each GIF-ITTI is a series of snapshots of a wall being painted and repainted to create a moving image, which is then uploaded as a GIF...
The Beauty of Civic Pride: Thousands of Colorful & Unique Manhole Covers in Japan

The Beauty of Civic Pride: Thousands of Colorful & Unique Manhole Covers in Japan

In the States, we don’t give a second thought to the plain-jane, utilitarian manhole covers that appear on our streets, but apparently nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan have their very own manhole covers that bear designs unique to the location! In a tradition that started in the 1980s, each manhole cover is...
Unbelievable Sugar Murals: Making Street Art Out of Frosting and Sugar

Unbelievable Sugar Murals: Making Street Art Out of Frosting and Sugar

I know there’s been an influx of street art on here lately, but this was too amazing to ignore– Montreal artist Shelley Miller puts up these pieces of sugar street art that are incredibly detailed. From afar, it resembles the blue and white finesse of Delft ceramic ware, but in reality all of these outdoor...
Eerie and Richly Colored Street Art by Aryz

Eerie and Richly Colored Street Art by Aryz

22 year old Barcelona-based street artist Aryz does beautiful illustrations both on canvas and on walls– his outdoor work, however, is notably stunning due to its richly layered hues and enormous size. Sometimes spanning multiple walls, his pieces are lightly outlined with black for a painterly look, and then filled with a host of complementary...
3-Story Tribal Fox: Spectacular Urban Art In Atlanta

3-Story Tribal Fox: Spectacular Urban Art In Atlanta

I am very, very impressed that this is Trek Matthew‘s first public mural– this spectacular fox titled “cicerone//fox” is nearly 3 stories high, and its covered in bold, tribal-inspired patterns from head to tail. The stark and vivid colors stand out crisply, especially as the illustration crosses from the cloudy painted grey-blue on the bottom...