All over the world street artists have become famous by surreptitiously adding swabs of paint or wheatpaste to city walls. But the most remarkable thing about a new mural in Cairo is not only its size—it covers about 50 buildings—it’s that the artist managed to do it in a place that’s not known for encouraging…
Genius on Genius | Nikola Tesla mural painted on the Genius Central building in St. Petersburg, FL, as part of the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival. Photo by CityofSt.Pete/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
Some of our favorite murals are the ones that deceive your eyes. You're walking along when suddenly you spot a hole to another universe in the sidewalk or see a 3D object hovering in the air — only to realize that it's just paint against a flat surface. Watch these videos to see how those illusions come to
Across Russia and the Eastern Bloc, the Soviet side of the space race was celebrated in massive, colorful murals. And while some of them are starting to crumble, they still stand as inspiring visions of human progress.
This is a close up of a mural artist Natalia Rek did for the Art Scape Festival in Malmo, Sweden. It's called "Magic Book," which is perfect.
Once, they beamed optimism from walls all across the Eastern Bloc. These murals depicted Socialist progress, and allowed the great Communist leaders to look down on their people from everywhere. But now, they're fallen into ruin. Check out the disintegrating beauty of great Socialist murals.
Space, the final frontier… for street art. No, we're not quite ready to tag the International Space Station, but a pair of artists in San Francisco is working on bring space down to Earth with a series of murals depicting everything from constellations to nebulae. And, boy, are they pretty.
This project is from 2010, but it's such an amazing and unusual achievement it's still worth sharing today. Artist Pete Fecteau created a huge mural commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. out of more than 4,000 individual Rubik's cubes, with each square on each cube hand-arranged to create the detailed image you…
In 1979, two artists covered a Southern California building with futuristic murals. They painted moon motorcycles, high-tech highways, and spaceships that would look right at home in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. But as delightfully retro-futuristic as the building is on the outside, what happens inside may…
Austrian urban art and graffiti illustrator Nychos is the animal anatomy Leonardo to Jason Freeny's toys and animation characters Michelangelo. His mural designs are exquisitely made, with enough detail to both fascinate and gross you out.
Our love for science fiction and fantasy knows no boundaries — so it's only fitting that we cover our walls with it. Some of the coolest fan art in the universe has been painted or stenciled on walls in public spaces, as well as bedrooms.
Now here's an easy way to transition from tattered, tapped posters to geeky elegance. Retire your ratty clippings for a retro throwback mural from Marvel. Choose from Captain, Thor, Spider-Man the Fantastic Four and more!
Art—impossible to define? Maybe. Shocking, city-leveling awesomeness—impossible to define? No. Not after seeing this San Francisco mural, which shatters any concept of either art or awesomeness you might have, melding them together into one fantastic rainbow apocalypse. LASERS!
Dancing on the ceiling? Please. Totally put to shame by these walls that do the dancing themselves. Who knew stop-motion had these kinds of moves?
Some of us spice up our bedrooms with He-Man sheets and scented candles. But the guy who turned his domicile into an airplane cockpit is operating at a whole other altitude.
Images of utopian futures have been springing up all over San Francisco, and they're the work of muralist Mona Caron. Her Church Street mural (near 15th. street) includes a utopian future straight out of Ecotopia. And now her new Noe Valley dyptich includes bicycle-powered electricity, "Relaxed transit" and a giant…