The rise and rise of street murals

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Bold, colourful street murals now adorn city walls all over the planet. Here are some of the more important and popular ones

Tracing its roots back to the graffiti boom of the 1960s, street art – and particularly the large, bold, colourful street murals you see on building exteriors – has now spread to virtually every city on the planet. Some town authorities commission them, while others are exasperated by the unofficial ones which occasionally spring up over night. But in the end, as the murals become firmly lodged in the fabric of the cities they adorn, local residents, tourists and even art critics grow to love them. 

Bammer image: Faith In Women, by Lady Pink 

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