14 Everyday Places Completely Transformed By Art

What would you rather look at: the side of a building, or some art? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Jazz up your life at every opportunity, whether it be stopping to appreciate some beautiful street art, or checking out the newly transformed 2014 Kia Soul.

1. Łódź, Poland (Artist: Etam Cru)

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Dat hair. A couple of people — Polish artists Sainer and Bezt — actually make up Etam Cru. Their work will often take up entire building faces. Larger than life.

2. Chinatown, San Francisco, California (Artists: Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn)

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This installation is called Language of the Birds — mainly because the books are positioned as pigeons would be, taking off in flight. They also light up at night. Just like birds!

3. Richmond, Virginia (Artist: Greg Mike)

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This little number was created by American artist Greg Mike. Born and raised in Connecticut, his love of cartoon art and reinventing spaces brought him all the way down to Atlanta, which is where he’s currently based.

4. Downtown Manhattan, New York City, New York (Artist: Deborah Kass and Pulp, Ink.)

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In 2011, the Art Production Fund and the New Museum organized a series of NYC murals called After Hours: Murals on the Bowery. After hours, because all of the pieces were featured on those metal partitions that stores roll down when they close for the night. This is Deborah Kass’ contribution.

5. Curtain Road, London, U.K. (Artist: David Walker)

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David don’t need no sketches. David don’t need no brushes. His work is done freehand, with spray paint. This gives his art a nice layered, organic feel.

6. Clarion Alley, San Francisco, California (Artist: Emily Glaubinger)

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Look at that color! Also, Emily (the artist) has a website called Drawing Is Awesome. Quick and to the point. Fantastic.

7. Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, Georgia (Artists: Nicholas Turbo Benson and Peter Ferrari)

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According to Nicholas, he did the owl, and Peter did the swirls. The two very different styles make this mural so interesting, we could stare at it all day. Someone would have to bring a pizza, though.

8. Manhattan, New York City, New York (Artist: David Byrne)

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Believe it or not, this is functional art. It’s part of a series of bike racks that David Byrne — once-member of Talking Heads — designed for New York City.

9. Place des Nations, Geneva (Artists: Daniel Berset and Louis Genève)

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39 feet high. 5.5 tons of wood. Designed by Daniel Berset, it was only supposed to be a three-month installation, but it still stands today. That is one resilient broken chair.

10. San Francisco, California (Artist: Nychos)

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Austrian artist Nychos created this bonkers piece called Eye of the Tiger this year in the Bay area. Who knew tiger innards could be so stunning?

11. Toronto, Canada (Artist: Derek Michael Besant)

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Born and bred in Canada, Derek created The Flatiron Mural in 1980 behind Toronto’s landmark Gooderham Flatiron Building.

12. DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York (Artist: DALeast)

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The New York City Department of Transportation teamed up with The DUMBO Bid to create DUMBO Walls, a series of eight murals running along the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway in Brooklyn. This is DALeast’s. So when you’re stuck in traffic on the dreaded BQE, at least now you’ll have something neat to look at.

13. La Bibliothèque de la Cité, Lyon, France (Artist: Citécréation)

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Translated to mean “The Library of the City,” this place contains the works of various authors who were either born or have worked in the region of Lyon. This mural was part of a larger effort (made by Citécréation) to spruce up the well-known area.

14. San Francisco, California (Artist: Mike Kershnar)

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Mike Kershnar has said of his work, “It is one of my goals to do an exhaustive series on North American wildlife to draw attention to the beautiful creatures we co-inhabit this land with,” which, when you think about it, is pretty awesome.

Stop, look around, and you’ll find beauty in the most awesome places. Catch the transformation of the all-new 2014 Kia Soul here.

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