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Chemainus, World Famous Murals

In 1981, Chemainus was a town on the brink not unlike many towns in British Columbia. The recession hit the town particularly hard and the town’s major employer, a single logging company, couldn’t sustain its work like it had for decades. If you have ever driven through B.C. before, off the beaten tracks of the […]

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The Church St. Mural Project

It may be hard to imagine given the success of Pride in Toronto, but there was a time when the LGBT community faced violent persecution and outward hatred in Canada’s largest and most diverse city. Thankfully, these days have passed, but a street art project has been underway to document the often ignored history of […]

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Os Gêmeos Bio

Brazil today is internationally renowned for its grafitti and street art scene, intensified recently by the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The whole country embraces their street art scene more than many other countries, with some municipalities passing laws to encourage street art. The city of São Paulo, for example, has banned public advertising like billboards, […]

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Brazil World Cup Mural

From the first kick-off of Brazil vs. Croatia to Mario Götze’s extra time goal for Germany, this year’s FIFA World Cup was a whirlwind of emotion. Disappointment for Argentina, who made it further than anyone expected, anger for Brazil’s devastating 7-1 loss to Germany, and joy for many other nations. Names were made, legends finished […]

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Wrigley Field Mural Mistakes

One of the worst things a muralist can do is not consider where they are painting, doing the right research for what they want to paint in a particular place. Every city, every town has a different energy, different sets of prioritues, and different values. For the muralists who painted the Wrigley Stadium, these mistakes […]

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Pembroke Heritage Murals

Nestled in the Ottawa Valley, Pembroke has plenty of reasons to be famous. It’s the first Canadian city to have electric streetlights, first turned on in 1884, and home to plenty of historical site, so many that the town offers different walking tours for different parts of history. But what Pembroke is most famous for […]

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3D Street Art

3D graffiti has existed all over the world for at least 20 years and, like much of street art, concrete history is often difficult to ascertain. By the early 90s, 3D art was becoming more common as graffiti itself started to expand and take in varying influences. Being grounded in something inherently illegal, graffiti often […]

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Seen Bio

For Seen, the worst thing that happened to graffiti was going mainstream in the 80s. That’s when it lost it’s edge. Right around that time, Seen had already made a name for himself in New York and around the world. The Bronx native had taken to ‘bombing’ entire train cars. At one point, people said […]

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Banksy Admits to Eavesdropping Mural

He’s struck again. After a few months in New York, selling his wares anonymously (and for almost no money) in Central Park and painting anywhere he wanted, Banksy has left the Big Apple and headed home. Known for his political graffiti, Banksy’s latest mural targets the British government’s increasingly invasive strategies for information. “Eavesdropping,” as […]

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Toronto’s Home the World’s Tallest Mural and a Sign of Local Regrowth

What started as a devastating housing project fire is now a giant piece of art, a sign of a neighbourhood on the rise, and a World Record. Three years ago, a fire ripped through 200 Wellesley Street East in St. James Town, leaving residents homeless and in an already troubled neighbourhood with yet another problem. […]