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San Fran ‘Painted Lady’ Gets Pixel Paint Job

One of San Francisco’s iconic “Painted Ladies” has now been dubbed by neighbors as the “Tetris House,” after its original soft green shade has been painted over with neon pixels.


Man Paints Fence Mural After Order to Hide Boat

A Seaside, California, resident has painted a photorealistic mural of his boat on his fence after the city told him the vessel couldn’t be visible from the street.


Coating Work Begins for MI Silo Murals

Several rusted 70-year-old silos in Saginaw, Michigan, are scheduled to receive new designs as a part of a project to paint murals on the structures this month.


Banksy Tree Mural Covered Up After Vandalism

A mural in London claimed by street artist Banksy has been covered with plastic and surrounded by wooden boards after it was splashed with white paint in an apparent vandalism attempt.


Banksy Claims London Tree Mural Work

A spray painted mural behind a pruned tree in London has both attracted crowds and sparked discussion after street artist Banksy confirmed that the work was his.


Protected 300-Year-Old Frescoes Painted Over

A recent paint job at a church in Tenerife, Spain, has caused a public outcry and an investigation as the intended renovation work reportedly covered government-protected, 300-year-old fresc...


NJ City Arts Foundation Plans 19-Story Mural

The Atlantic City Arts Foundation in New Jersey has recently released plans for the largest mural in the city’s history.


GA College Initiative Installs Murals in Communities

A program from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia has reportedly transformed 16 public spaces with “larger-than-life” murals created by university alumni artists.


OKC Ordinance Allows Murals Without Permit

Oklahoma City is now telling artists to “paint away” after adopting a new sign code ordinance that drops the permit requirement and reviewal for most murals.


Louisville Receives Asphalt Initiative Grant

Philanthropic organization Bloomberg Philanthropies has reportedly granted $25,000 to the Louisville Metro Government to paint artwork on curb bump outs and extensions, in addition to a mura...


CA University Mural Using ‘Smog-Eating’ Paint

Today (Oct. 3), a local artist and community at the University of California, Riverside, will come together to create a 40-foot mural using “smog-eating” paint.


‘Chewing Gum Artist’ Paints London Surfaces

An artist is painting a “hidden world” beneath people’s feet, utilizing pieces of dried chewing gum on the ground as his canvases.


City Hosts Annual ‘Paint Louis’ Event

Last weekend, the city of St. Louis hosted the 26th annual “Paint Louis” event, where artists reportedly applied graffiti murals to a flood wall on the banks of the Mississippi River.


Moving Mural Completed on CA Parking Garage

A large moving mural project was recently finished on an opened, four-level parking garage in Mountain View, California, making it one of the largest in the United States.


Dragon Painting Peels Off Japan Temple Ceiling

A famed painting of a dragon in the main hall of the Senso-ji temple in Tokyo partially came off the ceiling over tourists earlier this week.


Project Offers Community ‘Paint-by-Number’ Murals

A local artist in St. Petersburg, Florida, is hoping to “spread joy one sunflower at a time” through a community project featuring “paint-by-number” style murals.


New England’s Tallest Mural Unveiled in CT

On Thursday, local officials in Hartford, Connecticut held an unveiling ceremony for what is being touted as the tallest mural in New England.


Doughnut Mural Painting Spurs Free Speech Case

A bakery in New Hampshire is going up against the town’s zoning board over a sweet-themed mural, arguing that the painting is art and not advertising.


Muralist Honored at FL Water Tower Dedication

A mural featuring a gopher tortoise and a sea turtle on a 1-million-gallon water tank was recently completed in Dunedin, Florida, by muralist Tom Stovall.


New Study Examines Egg Yolks in Oil Paint

A study published earlier this month reportedly found that the inclusion of proteins such as egg yolk were intentional for the “Old Masters” as they prepared their oil paints.


UK Residents Voting on ‘Clean Air Mural’ Design

Using carbon dioxide absorption paint, a newly renovated building in Southampton will receive what is anticipated to be the United Kingdom’s largest “clean air mural.”


2022 Elevation Awards Winner: Institutional

Technology Publishing Co. again partnered with the Commercial Painting Industry Association for the sixth annual commercial honors program, The Elevation Awards.


Berger Paints Helps Coat 'City of Joy'

Indian multinational paint company Berger Paints Ltd. has recently announced that it will be joining the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) to coat parts of N...


Artist Completes 'Banned Books' Mural in MO

St. Louis-based artist David Ruggeri has recently completed a “banned books” mural on the side of the Dunaway Books bookstore in the city.


Company Completes World's Largest Pallet Painting

Southeast material handling solution provider Carolina Handling, in partnership with pallet provider 48forty Solutions, has recently completed what has been dubbed the world's largest pallet...


Artist Paints with Moss for New Mural

A satellite location of Textile Brewing Company (Dyersville, Iowa) has recently received a unique mural on one of its exterior patio walls.


Artist Mural to Add $14M to Structure Value

Building owners Tarina Tarantino and Alfonso Campos are hoping to sell their building in Los Angeles for a price tag that’s $14 million higher than the structure’s actual worth.


TX Silo Mural Project Nears Completion

A mural in McKinney, Texas, is nearing completion as part of a revitalization project, covering eight concrete silos and a grain elevator with the artwork.


Milwaukee Unveils Paint the Pavement Program

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works recently introduced its Paint the Pavement program to transform city streets and sidewalks while creating a sense of community.


ON Art Fest Hosts Augmented Reality Mural Contest

Earlier this month, the Concrete Canvas Art Festival, a multiday visual art fair where local and international artists gather to paint live murals across the city, kicked off in Hamilton, On...


Water Tower Getting New Candy-Themed Design

A water tower in Bryan, Ohio, is getting a “sweet” new design featuring large painted lollipops thanks to Spangler Candy Company.


Mural Artist Rescued from FL Water Tower

Last week, first responders in Dunedin, Florida, rescued a mural artist from the water tower he was working on after the motor on his lift equipment failed.


Study: Painting Asphalt Art Makes Roads Safer

According to a recent study conducted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, city streets are reportedly safer for pedestrians when the asphalt roadways are painted with art, reducing the rate of car ...


Hidden Mural Discovered Within WA Building

Shortly after launching remodeling efforts on their recently purchased, circa 1907 commercial building, couple Nick and Lisa Timm discovered a hidden mural more than 100 years old.


FL Mural Animates with Augmented Reality

In a project headed by Contemporary Art Space & Studio (CASS) and Water Street Tampa, officials commissioned Dutch artist Leon Keer to paint a new mural on the city’s East Cumberland Parking...


Glass City River Wall Mural Work Continues

A mural in Toledo, Ohio, is set to be the largest of its kind in the United States once completed, following weather delays and paint shortages.


Egg Yolks Enhance Tempera Paint Properties

Researchers from Sorbonne University in France recently looked into why tempera paint—also known as egg tempera—was reigned as a supreme medium among Renaissance artists, such as Leonardo Da...


MO Paints Doorways to Revitalize Alleys

As part of an ongoing initiative to clean up alleyways in downtown Columbia, Missouri, city officials are now calling upon local artists to submit proposals to paint its doors to reflect the...


NC Artist Paints COVID-19 Message

Reported late last month, local muralist Ian Wilkinson and Ishmael completed a collaboration project in Asheville, North Carolina, on an historic silo in the town’s River Arts District.


Drones Paint Canvas for City Art Project

A project took flight in Torino, Italy, late last month when a group of drones went to work on a large-scale graffiti project with the aim to beautify the city.


Historic San Francisco Mural to be Overcoated

In a unanimous vote, the San Francisco School Board has decided to remove the “Life of Washington” mural depicted at George Washington High School.


Silver Bridge Collapse Memorialized with Mural

A mural memorializing the 51st anniversary of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is to be dedicated this weekend.


Artist Paints Illusions on Buildings, Tanks

Street artist David Louf—more commonly known as Mr. June—has recently finished a number of urban projects showcasing his 3D-style murals on various pieces of infrastructure and cityscape.


Wombat Mural Becomes Bridge Landmark

A wombat peeks out of its burrow in what was intended to be a temporary, practice bridge mural, located in Warrnambool, South West Victoria, but instead it’s burrowed its way into the hearts...


Concrete Stain to Color Boise Street Mural

Work has begun on Idaho’s first on-street mural, a splash of colorful geometry located in downtown Boise’s Cultural District, at the intersection of one of the city’s most creative areas.


Artist Fined for Vegemite Graffiti

An individual who painted a mural made of Vegemite, depicting an arch bridge, on the wall of Fremantle Train Station in Fremantle, Australia, is now facing a fine.


Artist Fined for Vegemite Mural

In a gesture of edible artistic expression, an individual painted a mural made of Vegemite, depicting an arch bridge, on the wall of Fremantle Train Station in Fremantle, Australia. Now, he ...


DPRA, Muralists Team Up to Beautify Underpass

With four major Philadelphia-area bridges in its portfolio, the Delaware River Port Authority is accustomed to overseeing some big paint jobs, but a collaboration this summer with Mural Arts...


Winston-Salem Gets an 'Otter Tank'

A 50-foot tall otter has come to play on the side of a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, water tank—a mural that was recently completed to brighten up the white space, while also paying tribute...


FL Water Tank Named 2017's Best

An elevated water tank in Destin, Florida, has earned the distinction of Tank of the Year, as recognized by protective coating manufacturer Tnemec Company (Kansas City, Missouri).


AkzoNobel Teams Up With Starbucks for Murals

Starbucks stores in Malaysia recently got dressed up in AkzoNobel’s Dulux paint for the “Show Your Flavor Campaign.”


Museum Renovators Uncover Hidden Murals

Workers at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Museum Building in St. Louis have recently discovered historic murals hidden in the barrel-vaulted ceilings, reports relate.


Streets to Silos, Artists Magnify Impact

Although street artists have long held the goal of making a lasting impression with their designs, murals have recently gotten much bigger, more connected to the communities where they appea...


‘Philly the Bern’ Mural: Fate Uncertain

A building owner in Philadelphia is inviting reuse ideas for a large political mural adorning his building.


Football, Color Theory Collide in Mural

The new stadium that hosts home games for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings is also the site of some massive mural art, thanks to two local artists and a team of student inter...


Murals Show Transformative Effect

Murals in urban spaces often serve to uplift the surrounding community, and add some color to what might otherwise be a drab locale. But some go beyond that, truly changing everything about ...


Hotel Gets Giant Ouija Board on Roof

An old hotel in southwestern Pennsylvania already had a reputation for being haunted, but now its owners have taken it to another level: They claim to have painted the world’s largest Ouija ...


Mural Artist Dies in Scaffold Collapse

Authorities are investigating a deadly scaffolding failure at a mural project on a construction site in Hollywood, FL, according to local reports.


Town Paints Bridge by the Numbers

When a Denver neighborhood sought to paint a bridge to beautify the structure, increase safety and prevent graffiti, artist Michelle Brown crowdsourced the effort, making it a fun and intera...


Muralist's Canvas: A Melting Iceberg

When you think of mural painting, you probably don’t picture a Hawaiian man on an Arctic iceberg, but the mural artist known as Hula recently undertook a project to bring awareness to the pl...


Lead Paint Bloats Mural Costs, Timeline

Transforming a transit bridge into a work of public art turned into more than one metropolitan Atlanta city bargained for after lead paint was revealed to exist on the structure.


Floor Art Adorns Decrepit Hotel

The floor of an abandoned five-star hotel in São Miguel, Portugal, is now adorned with an intricate and expansive spray-painted “tile” design, thanks to artist Javier de Riba and his collabo...


Scottish Bridge Gets Unorthodox Paint Job

A bridge in Scotland just got a new coat of paint, but it wasn’t a standard job involving a crew of bridge painters and a three-coat system.


Painting to Help Banish Stigma

Murals are at the center of a new mental health awareness program being launched in New York City, and the city is currently seeking proposals from artists who are interested in taking part.


Painting Bees for a Cause

When you’re an artist, getting some buzz for your work is always a good thing. The murals painted by Matthew Willey, though, make a buzz all their own: They feature honeybees.


Drones Take On Mural Mission

From monitoring construction sites to delivering packages, the abilities of drones are growing and a team of Canadian researchers wants to add painting murals to that list.


The Art of Worksites

Often, construction sites are accompanied by signs noting that they’re a temporary eyesore necessary to bring about a permanent improvement. But what if the construction site is the improvem...


Arthurian Mural Denied in England

A mural featuring some supernatural and psychedelic imagery is making quite a stir in one English town.


Richmond Seeks to Paint the Drains

It’s not so unusual to find artists painting murals on the sides of buildings, bridge abutments, roadway barriers or water towers. But can you make art out of storm drains?


A Robotic Spray Can That Paints Murals

A “smart” spray can system uses computer-aided painting and robotics to help non-artists quickly and accurately reproduce photographs as large-scale murals.


City Says Nude Kardashian Mural Must Go

It seems city officials in Sydney, Australia aren’t fans of Kim Kardashian. On Tuesday (March 22), they ordered the removal


Tunnel Painting Tricks Unaware Driver

It’s the oldest trick in the book … at least in Saturday morning cartoons.


‘Space Oddity’ Mural Adorns Hallway

Italian street artists Truly Design have painted a large circular anamorphic mural in an office building in Switzerland.


Brick Facade Crumbles, Injures 4

Four people were injured and dozens more were evacuated Thursday (March 3) when a portion of a brick facade broke apart from a mural-painted apartment building and crashed onto the roof of a...


Beloved Dinosaur Mural Gets Painted Over

A British town is in an uproar over a new paint job that mistakenly covered an adored dinosaur mural.


Roman-Era Fresco Revealed in London

An ornate Roman wall painting buried for 2,000 years has been unearthed from 20 feet below a street in London.


Huge Mural Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

With an official dedication ceremony on the national holiday that honors Martin Luther King Jr., a public art movement unveiled a 40,000-square-foot mural commemorating the civil rights lead...


Artist Files Suit to Save Detroit Mural

The artist behind the iconic “bleeding rainbow” mural in Detroit has filed a copyright suit against the owner of the vacant brick building it adorns.


Painter ‘Butte-tifies’ City’s Dumpsters

A street artist in Montana has figured out how to use the words “Butte-ification” and “dumpster” in the same sentence.


PPG Volunteers Help Kids Paint Mural

A children’s hospital under construction in Australia was the latest to receive a color boost as part of PPG Industries Inc.’s charitable-giving program, Colorful Communities.


Murals Color Streets During a Monsoon

What would a city look like if paintings on city streets suddenly appeared every time it rains? People in Seoul, South Korea, know the answer.


Bieber Paints Murals with ‘Purpose’

Pop-star Justin Bieber is using colorful murals to get the word out about his new album, “Purpose.”


School Design Wins Top UK Prize

An all girls’ school in London has earned high marks from the Royal Institute of Architects.


Mural ‘Erases’ Border in Mexico

In an effort to inspire unity, a resident artist in Arizona has painted a sky-blue mural on the border fence in Nogales, Mexico.


3D Death Star Art Painted Under Bridge

It’s that moment when Luke Skywalker ignores his computer and uses The Force to take down the Death Star, all while flying his X-Wing seamlessly through a tight trench while the Imperial Fle...


Muralist Shot, Killed While Painting

A California mural artist was shot and killed as he was working on an art piece under a freeway overpass in Oakland that was designed to help deter violence.


Watch Artists Paint a Bob Dylan Mural

Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra recently completed a five-story mural honoring legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in downtown Minneapolis and the entire process has been captured in two vi...


21 Murals, 21 Ways to Celebrate Serena

Serena Williams might be a California native, but street artists in New York are showing the tennis champion that they love her.


Norwegian 'Street' Mural Fit for a King

If you happen to be flying over the Norwegian countryside anytime soon, do yourself a favor and forget the advice of not looking down.


Weeds, Spider-Man Fan Inspire Mural

This recent time-lapse video shows the making of a 49-foot-wide mural, inspired by overcoming adversity and friendship.


Frankie Avalon Supports Mural Redo

PHILADELPHIA--A beloved piece of public art honoring several South Philadelphia musical legends will get a $5,000 makeover assist from one of them: former teen idol Frankie Avalon.


World’s Tallest Mural to Debut in Detroit

DETROIT—Downtown Detroit will soon be home to the tallest mural in the world, according to reports.


‘Unauthorized’ Mural Roils Dublin Vote

DUBLIN—A giant, apparently unpermitted, public mural of two men embracing has stoked the fire raging around Ireland's upcoming marriage-equality referendum.


Mural Deemed 'Graffiti' after 15 Years

For 15 years, the exterior of Murv Jacob's art gallery has been adorned with a colorful mural bearing a positive message. Overnight, however, the work has been punted into the category of gr...


Drain Artistry Beautifies, Informs

Always critical but seldom beautiful, dozens of storm drains in Arkansas are getting an artistic boost designed to highlight their importance to the community.


Artists to Paint a Pollution Lesson

Usually discreet, storm drains on the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus will soon play the prominent role of canvases as part of a community awareness campaign.


Student Mural Fires Up a Flip-Flop

A Canadian high school is under fire for its now-you-see-it-now-you-don't response to a student mural showing two young men embraced in a kiss.


Thanking Vets, One Mural at a Time

For the third time in his career, a New York painter will tour the U.S., painting waving American flags on buildings across the country.


Sun to Set on a Happy Cultural Clash

Question: Why is a medieval Scottish castle clad entirely in a "bold and shocking" technicolor explosion of Brazilian street art? Answer: Why not?


Reviving the ‘Pope’ in Downtown L.A.

An iconic mural in downtown Los Angeles will receive a long-awaited $150,000 facelift, city officials have announced.


Council Erases ‘Offensive’ Banksy Mural

A satirical immigration-themed mural painted by the elusive street artist Banksy has been removed by local authorities following a complaint.


Detroit Bows a Splashy Spin on Parking

Parking in downtown Detroit? Allow a little extra time—not for the traffic, but for the art. Ten stories of it.


CA Man Fined for Defacing Graffiti

After defacing two Banksy murals in Utah, a California man will pay $13,000 to clean the graffiti he added to the murals, which are considered works of art.


Graffiti on Graffiti Draws $13,000 Fine

A California man will pay a $13,000 fine for adding graffiti to deface a graffiti mural that is considered a work of art.


Hosting the ‘Super Bowl of Graffiti’

While many communities work to banish graffiti and its purveyors, one Midwestern city has opened its doors—or, at least, its floodwall—to them.


ACA Retrenches in Blight Fight

Coating suppliers are sharpening their focus for the next wave in the multimillion-dollar battle against graffiti with new resources and a new name.


Paint Makers Take Fresh Aim at Graffiti

Tired of seeing their products used for blight rather than beauty, coating makers are putting new muscle and a new name behind the fight against graffiti.


In Houston, Primer Meets Prime Mover

Street art has just received some heavenly cred—product placement with the Almighty.


Mural Goes Up Before Road Goes Down

A 62-foot section of a doomed double-deck highway in Seattle just got a bright yellow paint job, costing the city nearly $10,000 and leaving some locals scratching their heads.


Anti-World Cup Mural Goes Viral

A São Paulo school mural skewering the billions of dollars lavished on World Cup preparations in Brazil has gone viral ahead of the games, which open June 12.


Tracing the Artful Roots of Asbestos

California researchers say they have discovered one of the earliest uses of asbestos—12th-century wall-painting finish coatings.


Titanic’s Home Faces Future with Hope

An 11-acre portrait of a young girl, created from sand and soil, has briefly transformed the birthplace of the doomed RMS Titanic into a message of hope for the future.


Graffiti Shrine Ruined before Razing

Artists worldwide are mourning the loss of a New York City haven for more than 1,500 graffiti artists whose five-story canvas has been whitewashed, according to reports.


Bieber Charged in Graffiti Spree

Justin Bieber may call it a hobby and a million fans may “Like” it, but Brazilian authorities have declared the pop singer's spray-painting escapades a crime.


Paint Gives New Life to Closed Shops

Paint may not cure the recession blues, but it has helped change the tune for one beleaguered community in the United Kingdom.


Hidden Da Vinci Mural Revealed in Italy

Italian restoration experts report they have revealed a portion of a tree mural believed to have been painted in the late 1400s by a young Leonardo da Vinci.


Artists Hope to Turn Slum into Art

Dutch artists want to turn an entire hillside slum in Rio de Janeiro into a monumental piece of urban art—and they are asking for your help.


Banana House Wins Appeal

The Banana House that split Purdue University's West Indianapolis community may keep the billboard-sized fruit mural that adorns it.


Mural Wings its Way to New Record

A 32-story-tall phoenix is set to soar to a new world record this weekend in Ontario, Canada, in the form of the world's tallest mural.


New Mission: Saving Ruins from Ruin

Concerned about inappropriate restoration at one of the world’s historic treasures, a group of scientists plans to spend the next 10 years preventing the Pompeii World Heritage Site from “fa...


Tax-Funded Graffiti Tags Critics

Legitimate or not (and it is totally legitimate), a group called the Blight Society may occasionally find itself misunderstood.


In the New D+D:
Illusions, Graffiti, Surface Prep

Murals that fool the eye, the latest graffiti coatings technology, wood restoration basics, and a close look at surface preparation standards highlight the new issue of Durability + Desig...


Millionaires’ Murals Heat up the Locals

Homeowners in Florida and California are fighting City Hall—with mixed results—over murals that are making waves in their communities.


From UK to US, An Artful Mystery Rages

A beloved mural by phantom British street artist Banksy is on the move across two continents, aswirl in mystery and controversy over its whereabouts and fate.


Artists, Volunteers to Paint Tank Mural

A group of professional artists and community volunteers are working together to paint a mural on a municipal water tank in Florida after the city was awarded a $67,000 grant.


French City Opens 1st Mural Art College

The French city of Lyon, a place well known for its mural masterpieces, now boasts the world’s first school dedicated to higher education in the art form.


 
 
   

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