10 most unusual murals in the world

Because of the earliest scratchings, carvings, etchings and paintings now we have priceless knowledge of our history and predecessors. These murals hold great significance for mankind, as they depicted life activities, everyday scenery and traditions of the time they were created in, giving us a priceless look of the diversity of our cultures during different periods. We have collected the murals which have impressed us the most.

Mural - is a piece of art which is painted on the city’s walls, both indoors and out.

Murals date back to 30,000 BC from the earliest paintings in the Chauvet cave France. 

The word mural originates from the Latin word “murus”, meaning “wall”. Today we can define murals as any piece of artwork painted or applied directly onto a wall, ceiling or other larger permanent surfaces, flat, concave or convex. A favorite technique of many artists, including masters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti, the art of muralism flourished during the 1920s.

Now murals got a new dimension as a powerful visual communication tool, meant to promote the opinion of the people and to transmit social and political messages.

Besides their meaning, murals are also created for other purposes, such as advertising or just because of a beautiful image on the wall. 

Located in Johannesburg, South Africa, this breathtaking mural painted by South African muralist, is an eye-catching piece of street art. Its realistic depiction of African wildlife in the middle of suburban life is both a beautiful portrait and powerful statement about man versus nature.

This is possibly one of the most beautiful murals. It belongs to Croatian creative Lonac, who authored this masterpiece for MMSU Rijeka Spajalica festival in his homeland. This work of art is a breathtaking portrait of a man focused on the model of a ship.  

This drawing covers two walls in Athens and is an absolutely remarkable mural of an owl. It was made during Petit Paris d’Athènes festival. The bird is a  symbol of wisdom and the goddess Athena. 

This portrait, painted by Fintan Magee, shows a young girl in limbo, she is torn between two worlds. It can be found in a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood. The girl's image in the foreground is looking outwards towards an uncertain future. Meanwhile, her background reflection is looking back, towards the world she left behind. 

Levalet is a French artist whose real name is Charles Leval. This mural named Nausée was created on the streets of Paris in 2015.

 The author of the mural Sainer says that there  is no specific meaning for this mural, its figurative so anyone can read it in his own way.

Canadian artist Young Jarus created this piece in 2014 on the streets of his hometown of Toronto. This large-scale female portrait was done in collaboration with the artist Rudjer, so perfectly realistic that it just looks like a photograph when looked from a distance.

This mural leads into development of distinctive ways to capture and criticize the dynamics of modern, money-spending society which is masochistically trying to erase any trace of individuality.

This iconic work in Brixton was adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and featured prominently on CND posters. 

This brilliant post-colonial work marked a new era of modern mural-making. After the Mexican revolution large public murals set out to inform those without access to books about Mexican history and to address the legacies of European exploitation. 

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