Friday, March 5, 2010

Cool Murals and Painted Buildings

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Bleak Walls Transformed by Creativity

Urban landscape can be quite drab, and the artists of these exceptional wall paintings are doing a great job of spicing it up. Some murals can be considered realistic illusions, some have historical meaning, some can be labeled as "kitsch", but all of them are welcome splashes of color and creativity in day-to-day life.

Here is a series of buildings in Lyon, France:

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(Images source)

A couple more from Paris, sent in by Stan Barets:

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I took this photo in Cannes, France:
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The following wall painting is in Jerusalem:

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(Photos by Nathan)

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Wonderful murals in Germany:

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(Photos and art by Genador)

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One in Belfast, Ireland:
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(Photo by Nykakoj)
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Back side of the Gooderham Flat Iron Building in Toronto
(sent in by Jim Sellen)



3D Murals of Eric Grohe

An artist, who really breaks the monotonous geometry of official buildings and shopping malls with his own marvelous perspective and 3D illusions - Eric Grohe has an impressive array of projects on his site.


Bucyrus Area Community Foundation, Ohio

Here is how he makes an endless wall of the shopping mall actually... attractive:

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Swimming pool mural:
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Chamber of Commerce, Bucyrus, Ohio:
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Check out the full gallery of his work here

Here is another wonderful gallery of wall paintings, but I'd like to know who the artist is.

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Various 3D Wall Paintings, all spectacular:

Many are by trompe l'oeil muralist and artist John Pugh:





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via Techeblog; see more here


Gaudy but impressive colors of
Ramenskoe apartments in Moscow


Here you can observe the utmost in urban psychedelics: the whole apartment complex painted in unbelievably bright colors. Looks interesting enough, but how would you like to live in the midst of this paint explosion?



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