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11 Ways Street Art Can Brighten Up Your City

"Urban transformation," or the art of making strangers smile.

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American street artist Brad Downey livens up the subway.
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American street artist Brad Downey livens up the subway.

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And this broken pavement.
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And this broken pavement.

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He even makes benches more exciting (and slightly more dangerous).
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He even makes benches more exciting (and slightly more dangerous).

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London-based Slinkachu uses tiny models to create miniature scenes within London and New York.

London-based Slinkachu uses tiny models to create miniature scenes within London and New York.

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Filthy Luker uses large scale inflatables to brighten up Bristol.
Via filthyluker.org

Filthy Luker uses large scale inflatables to brighten up Bristol.

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New York muralist Eric Grohe travels into cities, finds ugly walls...
Via ericgrohemurals.com

New York muralist Eric Grohe travels into cities, finds ugly walls...

...and turns them into epic 3D paintings like this one.
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...and turns them into epic 3D paintings like this one.

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Russian street artist P183 was a master of urban transformations. Sadly, he died in early 2013 aged just 29.
Via Facebook: P183

Russian street artist P183 was a master of urban transformations. Sadly, he died in early 2013 aged just 29.

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Street artist Megx - real name Martin Heuwold - turned this bridge in Germany into a Lego construction.
Via megx.de

Street artist Megx - real name Martin Heuwold - turned this bridge in Germany into a Lego construction.

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Photographer Iain Macmillan channelled The Beatles by decorating Abbey Road with this optical illusion of Charlie Brown and the gang.
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Photographer Iain Macmillan channelled The Beatles by decorating Abbey Road with this optical illusion of Charlie Brown and the gang.

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French street artist OaKoAk senses an opportunity for fun in the most mundane urban surfaces.
Via oakoak.canalblog.com

French street artist OaKoAk senses an opportunity for fun in the most mundane urban surfaces.

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Like walls.
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Like walls.

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And roads!

And roads!

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And he loves a Chuck Norris gag. As do we.

And he loves a Chuck Norris gag. As do we.