Recently I participated in a "fill Facebook with art" challenge (which I wrote about here). In figuring out what those who liked my post might enjoy (since the challenge included sharing it along), I took to the Internet, looking for interesting art unknown to me. In that quest, I happened upon a whole bunch of wonderful street artists: people who create masterpieces—or sometimes funny plays on the concept of art, or pointed social messages, or glorified graffiti—on urban buildings.
I love that sort of art.
So I've just skimmed a few pages of my Flickr stream and found ten exemplars that attracted my camera's eye in the past couple of years—the first several taken in Venice, California, the last few in Bergen, Norway (here is an article on Bergen street art: it's gained a reputation; and here are some more examples from a Google search). In the middle are two ends of a graffitied wall outside Remembrance Park in Oslo.
There's more where these came from, but I'll save them for a second installment. (As always, click on the images to see them large on black.)