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11 Beautiful/Mindblowing Street Murals From Around The World
September 10, 2013
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A huge mural in Berlin (Photo: Getty)

11. A Contender For "World's Biggest Mural" In Berlin, Germany

The artwork in that picture up there might just be the world's biggest mural. It was painted on the side of a block of apartments in Berlin, Germany by French company CitéCréation, and it covers a massive 20,000 square metres of wall.

The natural subjects featured in the huge painting were inspired by a local zoo, the Daily Mail reports, and its creators have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to have their achievement certified.

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A detail from the Berlin mural (Photo: Getty)

At the moment, the record for biggest mural is held by the Pueblo Levee Project in Pueblo, Colorado, where members of the public are allowed to add to the picture using recycled paint.

It remains to be seen which mural will take the "world's largest" crown, but one thing is clear: the planet is filled with beautiful, surprising and arresting works of mural art. Here are some walls worth seeing:

10. Chemainus, BC
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The "mural of murals" in Chemainus, BC (Photo: Tracy O/Flickr)

Chemainus is a community on the east coast of Vancouver Island that's world famous for its 39 outdoor murals. The picture above shows the "mural of murals," in an image that was composited and colour-corrected by Flickr user Tracy O.

9. 5 Pointz, Long Island, NYC
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Graffiti on the walls at 5 Pointz (Photo: Getty)

According to its official website, 5 Pointz in Long Island City, New York is considered to be "the world's preimere 'graffiti Mecca,' where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colourful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square foot factory building."

Sadly, the spot may not be there for too much longer: Curbed reports that surveyors have been working on the property and that one building owner, David Wolkoff, has said the block will be demolished "by the end of the year, if all goes as planned." So this one is a case of catch it while you can.

8. Havana, Cuba
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A schoolgirl walks in front of a mural in Havana in November, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Cuba's capital city is home to lots of murals. This one was shot by a Reuters photographer, and it features an eye-catching mix of different styles and techniques.

7. Iqaluit, Nunavut
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Wall and piece in Iqaluit (Photo: AScappatura/Flickr)

This cool piece of mural art is located in Iqaluit, and features a mixture of mystical motifs and modern graffiti styles. The pic was snapped by Flickr user AScappatura,

6. Kenny Scharf, NYC
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A mural by Kenny Scharf in NYC (Photo: Getty)

Now that's a mural you can't miss. Street artist Kenny Scharf created this piece in NYC back in 2010 as part of an ongoing project where different painters were invited to decorate a wall in the Bowery.

The building is owned by the Hole Gallery, and Scharf's piece was the fifth in the series.

5. Hollywood, Los Angeles
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A mural on the side of a building in Hollywood, August 29, 2013

In a town that's synonymous with the movie business, it makes sense to have some public artwork celebrating both the iconic stars of the past and the audience that made them famous. This piece does both.

The photo was shot on August 29, the day after LA's City Council voted to end a decade-long ban on private murals. Under that ban, a great deal of artwork was being painted over.

4. Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Republican murals on Falls Road, Belfast (Photo: dmerino13/Flickr)

Murals have long been a major feature in Northern Ireland, where some of the world's best-known political murals have been painted since the '70s.

This shot shows a selection of murals on Falls Road in Belfast, in a pic taken by Flickr user dmerino13.

3. J.R. In Berlin
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A piece from 'Wrinkles of the City' (Photo: Reuters)

French street artist J.R. has put his large-scale works of public art on walls all around the world. This piece is from Berlin, Germany, as part of his 'Wrinkles of the City' project.

Like other works in the series, the photo J.R. used to create the piece is of a local resident, reflecting the life of the city.

2. Montreal Mural Festival
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A mural at the Montreal Mural Festival, June 13, 2013 (Photo: Laurent Vu The/AFP/Getty)

This is one of the murals that was painted during the Mural Festival in Montreal this June. It was the first festival of its kind in Canada, and 20 mural artists from around the world participated.

You can see more of the awesome artwork at the Mural Festival website.

1. Stik And Thierry Noir, London, UK
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A mural on the wall in East London, February 26, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Sometimes a simple image is just as powerful as a complicated one. This mural is by artistic team Stik and Thierry Noir, and it was part of a project organized by Street Art London, a group that promotes and documents street art across the UK's capital city.

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