Posts Tagged ‘street art’

Clever Urban Art On Railroad Tracks By Artur Bordalo

July 25th, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

Trains and railroad tunnels have always been popular canvases for street artists, but this work by Portugese artist Artur Bordalo is probably the first time we’ve seen street art done on the tracks themselves.

Railroad tracks serve as canvases for Bordalo’s clever street art pieces. He started drawing on railways earlier this year in various locations throughout Portugal, incorporating the tracks’ strong horizontal lines into the compositions of his works.

If you want more creative street art, be sure to check out our post about street art that interacts with nature.

More info: bordalosegundo.com| Facebook (h/t: colossal)

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Clever Urban Art On Railroad Tracks By Artur Bordalo originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 25, 2014.

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30 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Nature

July 12th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

Urbanism and nature do not always get along well, but when they do, the collaboration may create something really special and unique. We’re talking about street artists who incorporate elements of nature into their graffiti, turning 2D paintings into amazing 3D installations.

In these cases not every wall or pavement could be turned into street art: the artist has to search for the perfect spot, knowing that the elements of nature are not permanent, so the piece can’t remain for long. However, the struggle is worth it – these pieces really turn heads and amuse passersby more than most of other forms of street art.

For more of interactive street art be sure to check out 28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings.

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Image credits: Nuxuno Xän

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Image credits: Banksy

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Image credits: David Zinn

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Image credits: Aakash Nihalani

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Source: ljpoisk.ru

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Image credits: Julien Coquentin

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Image credits: Ernest Zacharevic

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30 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Nature originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 12, 2014.

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Hundreds of Umbrellas Once Again Float Above The Streets in Portugal

July 11th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Every July, as part of Ágitagueda art festival, hundreds of umbrellas are hung over promenades in the streets of Águeda, a municipality in Portugal. The beautiful tradition started only 3 years ago, but has already earned world fame for the place.

The installation not only adds a vibrant splash of color to the otherwise plain streets, but also creates a much needed shade from the heat.

We collected some photos from the lucky tourists and residents of Águeda for you to enjoy. If you plan traveling to Portugal in July, make sure to stop by!

(h/t)

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Image credits: Fanfare Ciocarlia

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Image credits: Marilyn Marques

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Image credits: Antonio Sardinha

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Hundreds of Umbrellas Once Again Float Above The Streets in Portugal originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 11, 2014.

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NEW Chalk-Drawn Adventures of Sluggo by David Zinn

July 7th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

Do you remember Sluggo, a bright green inhabitant of Ann Arbor, Michigan, we wrote about almost two years ago? Chalk-drawn by a local artist David Zinn, this little fellow has been playing on the streets, peeking out of wall cracks, riding snow waves, and putting smiles on passers-by ever since he first appeared in 2008.

Self-taught David Zinn uses simple colored chalks and always improvises on location “while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large.” Besides drawing, Zinn has taught creative writing and scenic painting, performed in and directed several operas, recorded audiobooks, and hosted children’s radio shows.

Without further ado, let’s see what Sluggo has recently been up to!

More info: zinnart.com | Facebook

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Also see Chalk-Drawn Adventures of Sluggo by David Zinn (Part I)

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NEW Chalk-Drawn Adventures of Sluggo by David Zinn originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 7, 2014.

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25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World

July 5th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Our cities are full of majestic monuments, stunning sculptures and artistic statues, each having a story to tell. Thousands of them have been made but only a few of them are really extraordinary and picture-worthy. That’s why our readers set out to find the world’s most creative statues and sculptures, which add color and emotion to the most boring areas of the cities.

For the last two weeks, bored pandas from around the globe have been submitting their pictures of the best sculptures here. We have received more than 160 pictures and hundreds of votes which resulted in this awesome list. We added a couple of our own pictures, and made the final list of the most creative sculptures and statues from around the world.

Did we miss any? Feel free to submit pictures by pressing “add image” button below the article!

1. Mustangs By Robert Glen, Las Colinas, Texas, USA

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Image credits: mustangsoflascolinas.com

2. Expansion by Paige Bradley, New York, USA

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Image credits: Anastasia Tank

3. The Monument Of An Anonymous Passerby, Wroclaw, Poland

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Image credits: Anonymous Panda

4. Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon, USA

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Image credits: Ava Hirschsohn

5. People Of The River By Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore

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Image credits: gaartu.livejournal.com

6. The Shoes On The Danube Bank by Can Togay & Gyula Pauer, Budapest, Hungary

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Image credits: Nikodem Nijaki

7. The Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York, USA

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Image credits: dailyphotostream.blogspot.com

8. Break Through From Your Mold By Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Image credits: Julija K.

9. Black Ghost, Klaipeda, Lithuania

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Image credits: panoramio.com

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Image credits: iq.lt

10. Les Voyageurs, Marseilles, France

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Image credits: Bruno Catalano

11. Nelson Mandela, South Africa

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Image credits: marcocianfanelli.com

12. De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium

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Image credits: panoramio.com

13. Cattle Drive, Dallas, Texas, USA

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14. Spider, Tate Modern, London, UK

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Image credits: Alf Gillman

 

15. Hippo Sculptures, Taipei, Taiwan

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Image credits: Patche99z

16. Sinking Building Outside State Library, Melbourne, Australia

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Image credits: Anonymous Panda

17. Iguana Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Image credits: Sanchez Herrero

18. Man At Work, Bratislava, Slovakia

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Image credits: Lukas Jaborka

19. Mihai Eminescu, Onesti, Romania

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Image credits: Dan Dima

20. A Scene From The World War With Real-Size Statues, Eceabat, Turkey

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Image credits: Ionut Naidin

21. Man Hanging Out, Prague, Czech Republic

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Image credits: civicartsproject.com

22. Kelpies, Grangemouth, UK

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Image credits: Andrew Milligan

23. Rundle Mall Pigs, Adelaide, Australia

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Image credits: peterclayton.com.au

24. The Unknown Official, Reykjavik, Iceland

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Image credits: geoffdeburca

25. The Shark, Oxford, UK

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Image credits: artmoscow.wordpress.com

25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 5, 2014.

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Art Students Transform Ugly Electrical Tower Into Colorful Lighthouse

July 3rd, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

Three art students in Germany have come up with a novel way to beautify ordinarily ugly urban environments. They turned a common electric tower into a makeshift stained glass lighthouse.

The change was simple but effective. Ail Hwang, Hae-Ryaan Jeon and Ghung Ki Park, students at Klasse Löbbert in Münster, Germany, filled the gaps in the tower’s struts with panels of colored acrylic plastic, turning it into a dazzlingly colorful structure. It’s not quite as detailed and beautiful as true stained glass, but it is nonetheless a great approach for decorating an otherwise ugly structure. The resulting work is called Leuchtturm, or “lighthouse” in German.

Source: klasseloebert.com (h/t: colossal)

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Art Students Transform Ugly Electrical Tower Into Colorful Lighthouse originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 3, 2014.

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28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings

May 20th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Street art is usually meant to disrupt its environment and to capture our attention, but the artists on this list practice a special technique that makes their artist even more eye-catching and playful – they tailor their art to its surroundings so that their (usually) 2D paintings seem to interact with their 3D surroundings.

It would seem to me like the most difficult part of creating works like these might be the fact that each must be created for a specific site or even temporary circumstance. You can’t just paint a stencil or art piece wherever you find a good spot. Their ability to think of these wonderful pieces also speaks to these artists’ wild imaginations – where we see a vine and a brick wall or a railing, these artists see the opportunity to create something that will make us think or make us smile.

There are artists who make work like this their MO. Oak Oak, Banksy, and Ernestas Zacharevičius are just a few examples of artists who regularly create awesome “interactive” street art – interactive in the sense that it interacts directly with its environment and somewhat less directly with us, the observers.

Street artists aren’t the only ones who realize the value behind artwork that interacts with its surroundings – these brilliant ambient advertisements were also designed with this goal in mind.

Have you noticed a piece of street art in your neighborhood that cleverly uses its surroundings? If so, be sure to submit it at the bottom of this post!

Face Of The City, Toronto, Canada

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Image credits: fauxreel

The Legend of Giants, Białystok, Poland

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Image credits: Natalia Rak

World Going Down The Drain, Spain

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Image credits: pejac

Calvin & Hobbes, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Satellite Dishes, Birmingham, UK

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Image credits: Davyd Samuels

Bruce Lee, Saint Etienne, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Sluggo On The Street

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Image credits: David Zinn

UK Flags, London, UK

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Image credits: banksy

Pom Pom Girl

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Image credits: Sandrine Boulet

Spiderman, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Cigarro

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Image credits: 6emeia.com

 

La Caravane Passe, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Girl, George Town, Malaysia

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Image credits: Ernest Zacharevich

Bird, Athens, Greece

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Image credits: WD.street.art

Scream, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Calvin & Hobbes, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

 

Seeder, Kaunas, Lithuania

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Image credits: morfai

Lost Eye, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Bush, London, UK

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Image credits: banksy

Sideshow Bob, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Sum Times

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Image credits: Aakash Nihalani

Ostrich, Rome, Italy

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Image credits: Pao

Bicycle, George Town, Malaysia

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Image credits: Ernest Zacharevich

Shining, France

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Image credits: Oak Oak

Hair, Fort De France, Martinique

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Image credits: Nuxuno Xän

Kenny, France

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Image credits: memeirl

Glasses, Russia

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Image credits: P183

 The Straw

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Image credits: mentalgassi

28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 20, 2014.

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20 Of The Best Cities To See Street Art

May 14th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

We see a lot of street art posts on Bored Panda, but where is the best street art actually made? Where can we see it? To answer these questions, we collected a list of some (not all!) of the best cities in the world to see street art in.

On the surface, there’s only one thing linking all of these cities – their residents (and the travelling star street artists that visit) have a propensity for decorating their surroundings with big, beautiful, and only sometimes legal works of art. But what does it take for a city to have a vibrant street art community?

It takes buildings to paint on, for one. Street art sometimes seems to feed on an artist’s desire to fight the oppressive brick and concrete walls that surround them on all sides, so the buildings they paint on are at once canvases and catalysts for their rebellion. The city also needs to have a thriving community of underground artists who are itching to communicate their artistic and philosophical ideas to as many people as they can.

As more and more major cities around the world receive positive attention for the underground art decorating their streets, perhaps those cities’ governments will start to rethink the laws they’ve put in place to stifle street artists’ opportunities.

At the bottom of this post, you can submit your own images of awesome street art from your city. Show us what your city has got!

New York City, U.S.A.

Image credits: Eduardo Kobra

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Image credits: JR & Liu Bolin

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Image credits: Timothy Saccenti

Lodz, Poland

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Image credits: Etam Cru

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Image credits: ROA

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Image credits: Etam Cru

Valparaiso, Chile

Image credits: oueduabroad.wordpress.com

Image credits: Jean-BaptisteYunis

Mexico City, Mexico

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Image credits: ROA

Prague, Czech Republic

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Image credits: Adam Jones

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Image credits: fra-biancoshock.org

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Image credits: BLU

Image credits: Honet

London, United Kingdom

Image credits: DALeast

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Image credits: Alexis Diaz

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Image credits: David Walker

São Paulo, Brazil

Image credits: l7m

Image credits: Eduardo Kobra

Image credits: 6emeia

Paris, France

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Image credits: unknown

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Melbourne, Australia

Image credits: herakut

Image credits: ajhaysom

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 Berlin, Germany

Image credits: mentalgassi

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Image credits: BLU

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Image credits: JR

Cape Town, South Africa

Image credits: interesnikazki

Image credits: faith47

Moscow, Russia

Image credits: Agostino Iacurci

Image credits: Alexandre Farto

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Image credits: c215

Bethlehem, West Bank

Image credits: Lois Stavsky

Image credits: banksy

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Image credits: jr-art.net

Image credits: favelapainting

Istanbul, Turkey

Image credits: Franko Fasoli

Image credits: DHA

Bogotá, Colombia

Image credits: Entes&Pesimo

Image credits: Bogota Sreet Art

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Bristol, United Kingdom

Image credits: ROA

Image credits: DALeast

Santiago, Chile

Image credits:  CHARQUIPUNK – LAROBOTDEMADERA

Image credits: Jano y Basti

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Image credits: Martin Ron

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Image credits: Martin Ron

Lisbon, Portugal

Image credits: sam3

Image credits: Os Gémeos

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Image credits:  Os Gémeos & BLU

20 Of The Best Cities To See Street Art originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 14, 2014.

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Janitor At Disney World Draws Cartoon Characters With Broom And Water To Entertain Guests

May 7th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Magical memories are born at Disney World for millions of families, but it’s not just the beautiful over-the-top decorations and Disney characters that do it – everyone from the man in the goofy costume to the unassuming janitor can get involved.

Disney World janitors like reddit user TheVantasy often learn to draw Disney characters using water as passing families look on in wonder. TheVantasy shared some of her work through imgur and answered people’s questions about the practice.

She claims that she was first taught as “a joke,” but that her proficiency quickly grew. “I can do Mickey and Donald in just a few seconds. Things like Simba, however, took a few minutes.” The magic created by her and other janitors like her was shared by both visitors and janitors alike; “at first I was doing it because it was more fun than, y’know, cleaning, but then I realized how much guests really liked it. I cried on my last day working because I drew Minnie Mouse for a little girl who hugged me to say thank you because she didn’t speak English.”

TheVantasy also shared some details about the underground world of janitorial water artists; “Some of us had ‘signature characters’ that the other custodians wouldn’t do. I was the only person who did Simba, Bambi, sitting Stitch, Lady, Scar, and Patch from 101 Dalmations.”

Source: Reddit | Imgur

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As a janitor at Disney World, I drew characters with water and a broom on the sidewalk to entertain guests. Unfortunately, all of these images are from my first few weeks when I still hadn’t perfected the technique. Here’s a Goofy. Along with Minnie Mouse, he was probably the most requested character from the guests.

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The beginning of Stitch. He was another frequently requested character, so I had to learn how to draw him pretty fast! Eventually, I learned to draw almost everything upside-down so guests didn’t have to stare at my butt while I drew!

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Sometimes for fun, we would go up against each other in “drawing battles” and let the audience decide who wins. This guy was way better than me! Look at that three quarter side profile Goofy! That is some next level stuff.

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Simba was one of my favorites to draw.

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Sometimes I’d practice after the park closed so there was more room and I could try new characters.

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Mike Wazowski! This was done by a friend. Some of us had “signature characters” that the other custodians wouldn’t do. Mike was one of his.

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Here’s a video of the talented janitor in action:

Janitor At Disney World Draws Cartoon Characters With Broom And Water To Entertain Guests originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 7, 2014.

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17 Of The Most Beautiful Steps Around The World

May 5th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is all about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t think of decorating – public outdoor steps.

Much like the hidden street art of Zebrating, most of these pieces can only truly be appreciated when viewed from a certain vantage point. They may seem like random splashes of paint to someone actually climbing those steps, but someone looking at them from below will see the artist’s full vision. If they’re long enough, someone ascending the steps will see the image and see how it stretches and twists as they approach it. Of course, not all of them have to form images – some are simply colorful decorations that make the neighbourhood a more uplifting place.

Quite a few of these pieces were born out of community efforts, which also shows a growing worldwide acceptance of street art. When the Rainbow steps in Turkey were first painted over by the local government, nearby communities responded by painting their own steps as well in solidarity. The mosaic steps in San Francisco were created by more than 300 local people under the careful guidance of a couple of artists.

Are there any similar steps in your city that are worth sharing? If not, hopefully these images will inspire you to get your community together and paint your steps together!

1. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco

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Image credits: yellofish.tumblr.com

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Image credits: Jordan Wong

2. Valparaíso, Chile

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Image credits: Jean-BaptisteYunis

3.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Image credits: rleigh

4. Valparaíso, Chile

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Image credits: oueduabroad.wordpress.com

5. Seoul, South Korea

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Image credits: Kevin Lowry

6. Wuppertal, Germany

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Image credits: frizztext

7. Sicily, Italy

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Image credits: Andrea Annaloro

8. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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Image credits: jr-art.net

9. Beirut, Lebanon

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Image credits: Jubran E. Elias

10. Stairs to the musical theater in Seoul, South Korea

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Image credits: Kimhwan SEOULIST

11. Stairs of Peace in Syria

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Image credits: Jood Voluntary Team

12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Image credits: justin-travels.com

13. Angers, France

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Image credits: Mademoiselle Maurice

14. Istanbul, Turkey

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Image credits: DHA

15. Morlaix, France

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Image credits: ZAG

16. Tehran, Iran

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Image credits: farsizaban.tumblr.com (thank you Lijne Kreupeling for the suggestion!)

17. Beirut, Lebanon

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Image credits: Dihzahyners Project

17 Of The Most Beautiful Steps Around The World originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 5, 2014.

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