From vandalism to art

Baltimore, MD

Backed by the City of Baltimore, street arts project Open Walls Baltimore is unparalleled in terms of size and magnitude. Located in Baltimore’s arts district and curated by Gaia, one of the hottest street artists around, Open Walls Baltimore is comprised of 23 murals created by more than 20 artists from around the world.
Photo: Flickr/ vandalog
Bushwick Collective

Brooklyn, NY

The area around intersections of Troutman St. and Nicholas Ave. in Brooklyn, NY has become a type of art gallery for the 21st century: completely free, and open to the public 24/7. The area showcases works from artists like Sheryo and Yok. The project is referred to as the Bushwick Collective because its location in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Typical pieces are massive murals on the sides of buildings; the above mural is 28X57 feet. The murals are often heart-warming and accompanied by optimistic slogans like “Invent the future.”
Photo: Flickr/ wallyg

Detroit, MI

The term, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” couldn’t be more true than in a place like Detroit. While residents of motor city flee for greener pastures following the city’s recent bankruptcy filing, local startups and area artists see the increase in available workspace as a godsend. Detroit artist Kobie Solomon has painted an 8750 square-foot mural, the largest in the state, of a Chimera on the side of an ex auto-parts manufacturing facility that has been repurposed as a creative arts incubator.
Photo: Flickr/ gordon-s
Reverse Graffiti

 San Francisco, CA

Most of us think of graffiti as adding paint to a public space, but California artist Doug Pray created environmentally conscious graffiti by removing dirt. Using a combination of stencils, a pressure washer, and environmentally safe cleaning products, Pray removed layers of dirt from San Francisco’s Broadway tunnel and created images of trees, plants, and rolling hills.
Photo: Flickr/ valkyrieh116
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