Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #170: Street Art

I don’t know if street art ever really works indoors. If you domesticate an animal, it goes from being wild and free to sterile, fat and sleepy. So maybe the art should stay outside.


For this week’s challenge, we’re exploring art–outdoors, in the park, on the street–for all to enjoy. When we travel, I often notice murals, graffiti, new public art on display. In Chicago, for example, you can see works by Picasso and Chagall. In London, you might see Banksy’s work. In Florence, the local artist Blub tucks away his posters in alleys and in quiet corners. How’s that for a visual thrill?

To get your creative wheels spinning, here are some samples of street art captured in various places close to home and around the world.

This marvelous mural was on display in the Marais District in Paris.  After passing it several times, I had to stop and photograph it. 

A giant crystal chandelier was recently installed under the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver. No ordinary lighting fixture, it lowers, spins, and lights up before returning to its original position. Crafted from stainless steel, LED lamps and over 600 polyurethane “crystals,” this art installation weighs over 7,000 pounds (3,401 kilograms).

An anonymous artist named “Blub” has been papering the streets of Florence, Italy with his whimsical and funny portraits of famous people wearing scuba goggles. (You can see the water bubbles around Mozart’s head and his pen.)  Why submerge them underwater?  In an interview in Artribune, Blub was quoted as saying time stands still underwater. By plunging these characters into the sea, Blub makes them eternal.    

This colorful installation brightened up a street corner in the Soho neighborhood in London around Christmas.  

Chinese artist Yue Minjun created an installation called A-maze-ing Laughter for the Vancouver Biennale, which has become a famous landmark. Fourteen giant bronze statues of the artist who is hysterically laughing are set in a circle in Morton Park.

This week, we invite you to join us for LAPC #170: Street Art. Show us your captures of street art in places near and far. Be sure to include a link to this post and use the “Lens-Artists” tag so we can easily find your post in the Reader.

A special thanks to I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath who hosted “The Ordinary” challenge last week. Many people commented that the photos you shared were examples of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I couldn’t agree more! They were a delight.

Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to lead LAPC #171, so please stop by her site next Saturday at noon to join the fun. In the meantime, have a joyful, safe, and inspiring week.

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  1. Patti, I love that chandelier and the laughing self portrait. All are beautifully photographed. And more–I’m in the process of blogging on the new murals in Sacramento, so my post for this challenge will be part of that series also.

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    • Hi, Anne. I saw your post this week on Sacramento. Perfect timing! The two images from Vancouver are a lot of fun. The chandelier is a bit controversial, but the laughing statues is dearly loved here. Looking forward to your post!


    • Hi, Jane. I love his concept, too. I just did a little digging on him/her this week. I love that he’s an artist of mystery…remaining anonymous. I’m so happy that you stopped by and took a look! I hope you have a good weekend with photo opportunities. 😀😀

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    • Hi, Jude. That’s right. You visited the year of the Olympics. I imagine that was very exciting. I’m always on the hunt for great street art. I love the “rebel” quality of it. 😀😀

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  2. Terrific post and a great challenge Patti – I’m expecting lots of fun responses! Loved your colorful opener and the laughing statue especially. What a joyful expression – one cannot help but smile back!

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    • Hi, Tina. Many thanks! The laughing statue has 14 variations–including thumbs in his ears and that big smile. It’s a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to your collection, too. Um…where in the world will you pick from??? Enjoy the weekend. Golf anyone??


  3. What an eclectic mix you have for us today, Patti! That chandelier is fascinating and I like that bright installation in Soho as well. I’m trying to imagine that many statues of one man (the last one) in one place. Seems a bit odd to me. How big were they?

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  4. One of my favourite subjects for photography! I love the sound of that chandelier in Vancouver and the laughing statue there too. Also that quote from Banksy 🙂 I was already putting together a selection of street art from a day trip to Brighton last week for the Photographing Public Art challenge, so I’ve doubled up this week – and it even includes a Banksy!! https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-the-colourful-street-art-of-brighton/

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    • Hi, Amy. Yes, imagine that! Over 7,000 pounds! I have to check the schedule and see the next time the chandelier is going to spin, light up, lower, etc. I want to see it in action! Glad you liked it, too.


    • Hi, Cheryl. It will feel so liberating when you can come out of lockdown. I think that’s a great opportunity to do some exploring. I’m delighted you enjoyed the challenge and my images. I really enjoyed your collection, too.


  5. That installation with the chandelier must be quite a sight. I would love to see that. Blub’s work has been appearing in social media a lot, and I like it. Florence has had guerilla artists for a long time. A decade ago, when I stayed in Florence I chased the work of an anonymous artist across the town. He was decorating all no entry signs, adding to them to show a prisoner in stock. I wish I could trace the photos. In any case, a good challenge and great pieces to go with it.

    Rearrangment – перестройка

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  6. Hi Patti
    That Louis Vuitton art in London seems like it really made a statement – wow
    And I am glad you finally decided to grab photo of that Paris mural because if has personality- the eyes look
    Right At us

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  7. Great street art. I love the one from Blurb and that installation in Soho.
    We have a Chinese artist (Chen Wenling) that exhibits his gigantic Chinese statues at our Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe beach in Perth in March each year. He usually paints them red.
    I have a Monday Mural meme and hope I can also enter your Street art photo challenge.


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  8. Lovely theme!

    Love the colourful Soho neighborhood.
    Brilliant n bright colours indeed!

    I wish all the time I could laugh like the Chinese artist Yue Minjun ‘ laughing statues!

    The guy in mural art (of Marais District in Paris) telling us not to talk too loudly just shut up and concentrate on the work!

    What a great collection Pattiemoed!
    Thank you .

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  9. That’s an interesting set of street art. The chandelier under Burrard Bridge in Vancouver is probably the strangest thing that I have seen. The “A-maze-ing Laughter” installation by Chinese artist Yue Minjun made me laugh.

    I know I will have to work hard to find something for this week’s challenge. There is very very few examples of public art out here in the small town suburbs of New Jersey. I don’t think the art displays on the Princeton University campus count as public art. I might have to dig through the catalog to find something from my past trips into New York City or Philadelphia.

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  10. You seem to find the most amazing street art all the time! These are all wonderful, and the chandelier is of course a favourite, just like Blub and Mozart! A great challenge for many interesting posts!

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    • Hi, Elizabeth. Thanks! I know what you mean about the maze. I’ve taken quite a few shots, but I ended up just focusing on one of the faces. It’s hard to capture the bigger “picture.”


  11. Hi Patti, Sorry I’m too late this week, but I wanted you to know I was thinking about your topic all week. I love your bubbly Mozart. Vince and I stayed in the Marais District when we went to France for his son’s wedding, so this brought back lots of memories. Feel free to link your post to Cee’s PPAC this week. 🙂


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