24 photos of the world's most awesome street art
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Cities aren't static.
They're shaped by the people that live there.
Whether or not you call it vandalism, places like New York, São Paulo, and Berlin are transformed by the artists that turn bare walls into art.
New York has its share of major murals ...
... like this Eduardo Kobra sighted from the High Line public walkway.
The city has also has plenty of culture-jamming defacing of advertisements.
Some artists like KATSU take to innovative methods ...
... like employing drones to tag one of the city's most visible billboards last April.
In São Paulo ...
... muralist Nunca has turned large swathes of the city into ...
... his canvas.
The Chilean artist Jorge Selaron spent over 25 years decorating this 215-step staircase in Rio de Janeiro, giving it the name "Escadaria Selarón."
Elsewhere in Rio, public infrastructure gets turned into art.
In Amsterdam, the street art is obviously paired with bicycles.
Earlier this summer, Bristol, UK, had Europe's largest street art fair.
250 artists came from 25 countries to decorate the industrial city's walls.
In London, the Shoreditch neighborhood is a go-to spot for graffiti.
Familiar faces tend to show up.
The creative fermentation of New Orleans...
... is everywhere in the city.
Banksy made several works reflecting on Hurricane Katrina.
But the Mecca of street art is Berlin.
There's just nothing like it.
A section of the Berlin Wall called the East Side Gallery...
... hosts a rotating selection of artists.
And a symbol of division ...
... has been turned into a vessel of creativity.