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Flowing Swarms of Animals and Other Beasts Painted on Urban Walls by ‘Pantonio’ 

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Portuguese street artist Antonio Correia aka Pantonio depicts fluid swarms of fish, birds, and other creatures as they interweave dramatically on the sides of buildings. His use of black and blue paint to form sinuous lines evoking water or muscle lends a distinct sense of motion to each piece as it cascades several stories down the sides of a building or through a room. The Lisbon-based artist often portrays creatures found in the Tagus river that flows through Portugal including sardines, cod, octopus, as well as ropes and boats. You can see more of Pantonio’s recent work on Global Street Art, or on Illusion.

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Residential Murals Mix Signature Street Art Styles With Elements of Island Life 

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Mural by Seth Globepainter, image provided by Arrested Motion

Recently several street artists including Gorg One, Seth Globepainter, and Meo gathered for a street art festival on Reunion Island to turn the La Rose des Vents neighborhood into a mural haven, covering many of its large walls in representational depictions of children, elephants, and sea creatures. The hosting island is a French region located just east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, an exotic location for the festival put on by the Ville Musée.

The participating artists slightly tweaked their own street art styles to include hints of island flair, some even painting images of the local inhabitants on their designated walls. Seth Globepainter brought his signature trompe l’oeil subject matter of children peering over the tops of buildings (previously featured here) to the side of one residence, while also including a collaged depiction of the ethnically diverse island on another facade. You can see more Reunion Island murals on the festival’s Facebook page here. (via Arrested Motion)

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Mural by Gorge One, image provided by Arrested Motion

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Mural by Seth Globepainter, image provided by Arrested Motion

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Mural by Fabien Fontaine, image provided by Street Art Reunion Island Facebook page

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Mural by Meo, image provided by Arrested Motion

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A 100-Year-Old Church in Spain Transformed into a Skate Park Covered in Murals by Okuda San Miguel 

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Photo by Lucho Vidales

Originally designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, the church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias, was abandoned for years and crumbling from neglect. Luckily, a group of enterprising individuals lead by a collective called the ‘Church Brigade,’ with help from online fundraising and Red Bull, the church was salvaged and turned into a public skate park dubbed Kaos Temple.

As if having a skate park inside a beautiful abandoned church wasn’t enough, artist Okuda San Miguel was commissioned to cover the walls and vaulted ceilings with his unique brand of colorful geometric figures. Nearly every flat interior surface is covered with a rainbow of color, illuminated from every side by tall windows, making this a truly special place to skate. Watch the video below to see an interview with Okuda where he talks about his inspiration both for Kaos temple and his other works around the world. (via designboom)

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The Audubon Mural Project Attracts 314 Endangered Birds to the Facades of Manhattan 

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Endangered Harlem, by Gaia

Since October 2014, the streets of Upper Manhattan have become an unexpected destination for rare sightings of some 314 endangered birds. The Audubon Mural Project is a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____ Gallery to commission murals of climate-threatened birds surrounding the old neighborhood of John James Audubon.

So far 20 artworks have been painted on storefronts, building facades, window panels, and retractable security grates. The number of species depicted isn’t arbitrary, it reflects a report from last year highlighting 314 birds most threatened by climate change. The growing list of involved artists includes Gaia, Iena Cruz, Hitnes, Lunar New Year, and many others. You can learn more about the artworks and the birds depicted in them, including a map of where to find them, on the Audubon Mural Project Website.

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The Swallow-tailed Kite mural contains 12 other climate-threatened species. The church tower to the right of the mural is the location of John James Audubon’s final resting place. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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Swallow-tailed Kite and other birds by Lunar New Year. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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Black-chinned Hummingbird, by Ashli Sisk. Photo: Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society

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American Redstart, by James Alicea. Photo: Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society.

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Bald Eagle, by Peter Daverington. Photo: Camilla Cerea and Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society.

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Tricolored Heron by Iena Cruz. Photo: Mila Tenaglia.

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Li-Hill’s Large-Scale Murals Resemble Ghostly Projections of Angels, Birds, and Foxes 

hill01Rise And Fall | Aerosol on Concrete, approx: 62’x62′, Berlin, 2015. Photo by Sabine Winge via Street Art Germany

In his towering public murals, Canadian visual artist Li-Hill paints ghostly depictions of angels, fencers, and animals with a sweeping sense of motion and energy. The works’ transparent strokes seem to be frozen in mid-air, the lightness emanating from the works causing the murals to appear more like projections than painted figures.

In his large-scale pieces Li-Hill merges graffiti, graphic design, painting, and drawing to create complex images, often revealing an unsettling nature within his paused narratives. Li-Hill hopes to represent the effects that capitalist culture can have on the individual, and in his artist statement he explains “the work mirrors the perception of the westerner attempting to comprehend, disentangle and redress. Born out of suppression, it becomes a manifestation portraying the skewed image of the imprint our culture has globally.”

The Brooklyn-based artist studied Fine Arts at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario and has had works shown in several national institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire. You can see more of Li-Hill’s ghostly murals in the new book Mural XXL by Thames & Hudson, and on his Instagram here.

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Casting Shadows | Aerosol on Brick, approx. 9’x8′, Brooklyn, 2015

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Fox | Aerosol + Latex on Wood, approx: 14’x9′, Toronto, 2014

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Nothing Wild 2 | Aerosol + Latex on Brick, approx. 10’x32′, Brooklyn, 2015

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Nothing Wild 1 | Aerosol + Latex on Brick, approx. 10’x32′, Brooklyn, 2015

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Deacon Of Dark River | Aerosol + Latex on Plaster, approx. 26’x39′, Reykavijk, 2015

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A Dire Evolutionary Timeline by ‘Blu’ on the Streets of Italy 

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Artist Blu (previously) recently finished work on this staggering mural in Italy depicting a timeline of natural history from the tiniest single-cell creatures at the bottom, through the evolution of dinosaurs and mammals, up to the age of humans. The rainbow-hued evolutionary path eventually crumbles under its own weight, devoid of color, with images of industry and war. You can see a few more views on StreetArtNews.

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Hordes of Silhouettes Form Trees and Other Figures in New Murals from David de la Mano & Pablo Herrero 

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Artist collaborators David de la Mano & Pablo S. Herrero have unveiled mural after mural this year from Winter Haven, Florida to Gdansk, Poland. The duo uses only black paint to create elaborate silhouetted figures of trees, whales, and human forms. You can see much more of their recent work here. (via Colossal Submissions)

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