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.

UK-based artist and designer INSA (previously featured here) recently traveled to Taiwan for the Pow! Wow! Taiwan international street art festival. He collaborated with friend and fellow artist MADSTEEZ to create this awesome piece of Gif-iti on the side of an eight-story building.

INSA and MADSTEEZ spent five days painting around the clock, enduring monsoon rains, to create this gorgeous mural. And remember, because it’s Gif-iti, they had to paint it more than once. It took four passes to create the finished piece. It’s the largest Gif-iti mural that Insa has created yet.

Click here for a time-lapse video of the creation of this fantastic animated mural.

Head over to Insaland for process photos.

These awesomely altered neighborhood watch signs are the handiwork of Toronto, Ontario-based artist Andrew Lamb. The nondescript street signs have been posted around Toronto for years, which meant that everyone was so used to them they just blended into the scenery.

Andrew Lamb tells CBC:

I walked by and thought those signs would be much better with a superhero up there. The first one was a splash page — a common thing in comic books, a bunch of superheros popping out at you. Then came Batman and Robin, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop, and then it snowballed.

Lamb’s superheroic enhancements are sure to get the signs noticed by upstanding citizens and potential criminals alike. Heck, we’d probably think twice about simply jaywalking if we thought Mister Rogers was watching.

Follow Andrew Lamb’s on Instagram to check out many more of his fantastically altered signs.

[via 22 Words, Neatorama and Nerd Approved]

German street artist Andreas von Chrzanowski, aka Case Ma’Claim, created this spectacular photorealistic mural, entitled Secured Liberty, somewhere in the German city of Frankfurt using nothing but spray paint. It really looks as though the giant crouching man and his crowded cage of birds extend out from the wall. It’s a masterful piece of spray-painting, which demonstrates why Case and his Ma’Claim crew are considered some of the world’s best photorealistic muralists.

Be sure to visit the Case Ma’Claim website to check out more of their phenomenal street art.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Puerto Rican street artist JUFE has an awesome painting style which looks like 3D grid renderings created on a computer rather than skillfully executed paintings on a wall. These roses and crab claw were created in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Visit JUFE’s website to check out more of his artwork.

[via StreetArtNews]

We love this beautifully clever piece of street art recently created by Spanish artist Pejac. He found a section of wall that had been damaged by a car accident, which exposed some of the brick wall behind the facade, and altered it to appear as though a paper plane was miraculously bursting through the bricks and flying off into the darkness behind them.

Head over to Pejac’s website to check out more of his fantastic street art interventions.

[via StreetArtNews]