Hiding Amidst the Others

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Want to grow big and strong? Take a cue from Toronto-based street artist Aidan Glynn, who created these mushrooms and dropped them into a local grocery store.

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Glynn‘s other projects surround the video game world with nods to Pokemon, Donkey Kong, Mario and more:

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Spotted: The Artist Formerly Known as Le Petit Prince

One certain French novella is so prolific and so well-loved that the world continues to celebrate it. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Saint Ex’s Le Petit Prince is both the most read and most translated book in the French language, available in over 250 languages and dialects. Its story of love and truth is universal. And now a handful of artists have taken this classic tale to the streets. Take a look at how they have memorialized the little prince and his visit to Earth.

“I feel out of place like the Little Prince on Earth”, Montmartre, Paris, France

Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

Havana, Cuba

Buenos Aires, Argentina

San José, Costa Rica

Lyon, France

“We only see clearly with our hearts. The essential is invisible to the eye…”, Canada

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Love Letters on the Wall

Stephen Powers is giving the term love letter a whole new meaning with his innovative art project, A Love Letter for You. Partnering with City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, he has been transforming the city one wall at a time to infuse industrial facades with a little more levity, light, and (oh yeah) love. All of the murals were developed for ideal viewing when riding the rail around the city.

Don’t you just love the idea of giving a cold and hardened metropolis a softer voice? These “sweet nothings” make for a huge transformation.

All images: A Love Letter for You

Taking it to The Streets

Even in different cities, there exists the universal idea of leaving messages strewn across walls. Whether in the form of street art or just a notable quote, these little messages offer a glimpse of the messenger, giving a sense of community to even the largest of metropolises.

Santa Monica, CA

Paris, France

San Francisco, CA (detail below)

Relentless Compassion

Bike Rack
Cleveland, OH

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

And the Banksy back before its removal
Westwood, CA

Melbourne: Paint by Colors

Melbourne easily earns the title of one of the hippest little cities I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Artsy, intellectual, sprawling, and fast-paced, this place is truly world-class. A pal of mine moved to Australia earlier this year, and she has since made Melbourne her home.

We ran all around trying to jam pack the “true Australian experience” into a few days and she was an absolutely phenomenal host. We fed wallabies, caught some awesome films at the St. Kilda Film Festival, watched the tiny blue penguins (600 of them!) come in at dusk on Phillip Island, took in some contemporary galleries, noshed on scones while discussing countries’ “Gross National Coolness” at the Next Wave Festival, and got entirely too little sleep. But oh, it was worth it.

And because photos sometimes tell the story better than words can, I give you the full spectrum of Melbourne – in technicolor!