Toronto’s cityscape was aglow with both light and splashes of colour this week, following the unveiling of the world’s tallest mural. Hundreds of community members were involved in creating the 29-storey work of art, and artists Jason Rouleau and Ryan Dineen of the Toronto Muralists painted the upper portion. It depicts a vibrant, rainbow-hued phoenix soaring toward the sky as an ode to the building, which caught fire in 2010 and forced out over a thousand residents.
While this may be the tallest mural ever painted, its vibrant shading and backstory is just as grand. From New York to Mexico and Brazil, we were inspired to track down some of the most eye-popping murals from around the world.
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This mural was designed by the artistic team Stik and Thierry Noir in East London. It’s a simple image, but it catches your eye, right? Photo: Street Art News
New York City, New York
You may not have seen this mural before, but chances are you’re familiar with the original photograph. This piece of art in New York City, with its explosive colours, is a recreation of the iconic picture of an American sailor kissing a nurse in 1945. It was snapped in Times Square on V.J. Day. Photo: Ajanaku.com
West Hollywood, California
This vibrant mural is painted on the side of the West Hollywood Library, by street artists Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and RETNA. You know the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster? Fairey designed that too. Photo: platinumcheese.com
Los Angeles, California
The original granite Mount Rushmore structure in South Dakota is a work of art on its own, but this technicolour version in Los Angeles is certainly refreshing. Photo: mymodernmet.com
We love this soft-hued mural in Paris. And let’s be honest, who didn’t imagine doing this on a rainy day as a child? Photo: streetartutopia.com
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Street artist L7M is known for his vibrant bird murals, always using a distinguishable and wisplike stroke technique. This particular masterpiece can be found in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: streetartutopia.com
We wouldn’t mind walking past this mural in Trondheim, Norway during a torrential downpour. But the question remains: whose behaviour would you take after? We hope the little girl. The psychedelic piece of art was created using spray paint, a stencil and half of an umbrella. Photo: streetartutopia.com
This giant sea turtle was painted on a wall in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: allardschager.com
Are you an elephant fanatic? You’ll definitely want to check out this mural created by Steve Locatelli next time you’re in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: offtoseetheelephant.com
You won’t be able to stop staring at this mural, located in Brest, France. The amount of detail (and time, we imagine) devoted to the painting is rather impressive. Photo: streetartutopia.com