A few months ago we shared some of S. Morita’s photos of Japan’s beautifully decorated manhole covers. In Japan there’s an official Society of Manhole Covers and this sort of urban beautification is a municipal responsibility. Today we learned that even though China has no such system in place, a 24-year-old art graduate named Hu Yifan is taking it upon himself to decorate the manhole covers in his neighborhood. So far Yifan has painted over 30 manhole covers in the Xiaodian district of Taiyuan, capital of Northwest China’s Shanxi province. Sometimes he simply paints a fun, colorful image on the cover, while other times he uses the covers to create larger pieces on the street. China is an enormous country with countless manhole covers, so we hope this is just the beginning of a delightful decoration process.

Photos by Wu Junjie/ China News Service

[via RocketNews24 and China News Service]

Portuguese street artist Bordalo II (previously featured here) is back in his hometown of Lisbon where he used scrap metal, found objects, urban detritus and vibrant paint to create this awesome “Space Grasshopper" installation.

Visit Bordalo II’s website and Instagram account to check out more of his marvelous mixed media creations.

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Belgium-based street artist ROA (previously featured here) recently spent some time in Djerba, Tunisia where he participated in the Djerbahood project, an open-air museum project featuring the work of hundreds of artists from thirty different nationalities, all organized by Galerie Itinerrance. ROA made wonderful use of the city’s numerous domed buildings to create fantastic creatures in his signature monochromatic style.

Visit the Djerbahood website to check out many more pieces from this awesome project.

[via StreetArtNews]

Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon uses hand-cut stencils, ceramics, paint, and crocheted webbing to create ornate, lace-patterned street art on a wide variety of urban surfaces such as abandoned buildings, parking meters, utility boxes, potholes and other unadorned spaces.

The artist refers to her art as “public jewelry,” explaining: “Jewelry makes people look pretty, my public jewelry has the same goal, make public places look better. I would like people who discover, here and there, my small applications, to smile and just simply feel better.”

Visit NeSpoon’s Behance page to check out more of her lacy urban beautification projects.

[via Colossal and My Modern Metropolis]

Norwegian street artist Anders Gjennestad, aka Strøk, (previously featured here) recently enhanced the exterior walls of an elementary school in Gaeta, Italy with his signature hand-cut, multi-layered stencils. This was his contribution to the 2014 Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival. In this setting Strøk’s gravity-defying figures look like students let out for recess who decided to walk up the walls in search of a place to play.

Photos by Anne Esser

[via My Modern Metropolis and StreetArtNews]

The Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork has been on fire lately with exciting new finds. Today we explore the work of a phenomenal Portuguese graffiti writer named Odeith. He’s been painting since 1996 and appears to have mastered the art of making his letters look like they’re popping off the walls and floating above the ground.

His visual trickery is at its best when used in corners or other narrow spaces. Then it’s all too easy to forget that you’re looking at flat surfaces. This is some serious skill and, as a result, these days Odeith doesn’t just paint on walls, he’s also received corporate commissions from companies all over the world such as Shell, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Estradas de Portugal and S. L. Benfica.

[via Scene360]

Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork presents one of the largest pieces of anamorphic street art we’ve seen to date. Created by Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously featured here) for the Unie Hasselt-Genk public art exhibition, the piece was painted on the roofs and facades of 99 buildings located in the city centre of Hasselt, Belgium. Entitled Trois ellipses ouvertes en désordre, Varini’s massive painting can only be viewed in its entirety from a specific vantage point. However the piece is so large that the individual segments are attractions unto themselves.

[via StreetArtNews]

The Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork is thrilled to report that the Guinness World Records for the World’s Largest and Longest Street Painting were both broken on June 11, 2014 in Nanjing, China. Entitled Rhythms of Youth, the spectacular painting measures 365 meters (1,198 feet) long and covers an area of 2,500 square meters (26,910 square feet). It was created on the campus of the Communication University of China (CUCN) by a team of artists led by Chinese artist Yang Yongchun.

“It took my team more than 20 days to finish the painting on the ground,” he said. “Every day, we worked on it from daybreak when we could barely tell the colors apart until it was too dark to see anything. We’ve devoted all of our time, energy and attention to this painting.”

Rhythms of Youth was created to celebrate the upcoming 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Nanjing this August.

Head over to Oddity Central to learn more about this phenomenal piece of anamorphic artwork.