1. When LEGO bricks were used to patch a hole in a wall in Amsterdam:
Jan Vormann never outgrew the LEGO. His patchwork can be spotted across Europe.
2. When a little bit of color cured a cracked screen:
Cracked screen? Grab some colored markers and start filing in the cracks.
3. When British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster collected a bunch of trash and made a masterpiece:
The imaginative pair recycle their own trash to create beautiful silhouettes.
4. Whenever someone spills on one of Kristine Bjaadal’s tablecloths:
Don’t cry, it’s just spilled… anything. Yes, any spill becomes beautiful when it lands on one of these ingenious tablecloths.
5. When artist Valio Ska decorated Heine Braeck’s amputated arm:
When an accident leaves you with an amputated arm, make it look like a dolphin. Or at least that’s this Norwegian’s logic.
6. When graffiti artist Catman saved Christmas:
Vandals in Whitstable, England attempted to ruin the spirit of Christmas with a crude message and ugly troll. Luckily Catman was able to cover up the crime.
7. And when Moose removed dirt and grime to create a beautiful landscape:
When most people think about graffiti, they imagine bright paint and big words. Not Moose. This San Francisco-based artist power washes away years of dirty buildup to reveal elegant scenes.
8. When flowers started filling up abandoned flyer boxes in Toronto:
Graffiti artist Posterchild added a bit of beauty in an unexpected place.
9. When Nikita Nomerz turned decaying buildings into living creatures:
Dead buildings aren’t safe in Russia. Street artist Nikita Nomerz has been giving them new life with fresh paint and funny grins.
10. When Bergeron Woodworks used scraps left behind from Hurricane Katrina to build beautiful chests:
New Orleans-based artist and craftsman David Bergeron has been constructing beautiful chests from ruined buildings to help raise money for Katrina relief and to aid the oil spills in the gulf.
11. When Ha Schult built an army out of garbage:
This German master of recycling has installed his army of crushed cans and electronic waste in Moscow’s Red Square, on The Great Wall of China, and alongside the Pyramids of Giza.