Art in public spaces

Art in public spaces enriches our lives in various ways, in many places. It can send important messages to the community, make people more aware the environment, and let them see it in a different way. Here is an homage to the artists who create for all to see, and to the photographers who captured it.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
German street artist 'Sokar uno' paints a mural which is part of the Urban Nation art project, on a residential building in Berlin Oct. 13. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
The sculpture "Manifiesta" made by students of the school nr 4 "Republic of Lebanon" is displayed as part of the Outdoor Exhibition, in Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires, on Nov. 6. Groups of students from technical and art high schools called "Earth Keepers" worked in sculptures made entirely with plastic wastes. They were guided by artist Edgardo Rodriguez in order to reflect on the impact of the waste generated and to try to convey the message of caring for the planet. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)
Artist Alvaro Cordova paints a mural representing Ecuador's indigenous culture on a wall outside the San Roque Market in Quito, Ecuador, Oct. 16. Cordova's piece is part of a mural competition organized by the city's art foundation ConArte. (Dolores Ochoa/Associated Press)
A woman walks past a mural of a pair of wings, under another mural depicting former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (2nd L) and former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung (2nd R) on either side of a South Korean flag, hanging above Dan Sung Sa restaurant and bar in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
A little girl plays in front of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's latest creation, a 25 metres (82 feets) white rabbit, a part of the Taoyuan Land Art Festival at Taoyuan Naval Base on Sept. 4, in Taipei, Taiwan. Hofman's big yellow duck drew millions of visitors as it toured the island last year and festival organizers are hoping the rabbit will do the same. (Ashley Pon/Getty Images)
A man walks past a mural with script that reads, "A Wish for Peace" in Medford, Mass., Sept. 25. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
A woman tries to reach a miniature paper umbrella, symbol of the pro-democracy movement, left by protesters occupying part of Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong Nov. 2. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
A journalist speaks on his phone in front of street art on a wall next to the closed The Gutter bowling alley on Oct. 24 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where doctor Craig Spencer bowled before being quarantined at the Bellevue Hospital after testing positive for Ebola. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Helpers build up the mobile sculpture of the social project 'Kuechenmonument' (Kitchen Monument) at the Berlinische Galerie, in Berlin. The gallery is inviting people to take part in workshops, talks and gastronomy events in the bubble-shaped tent. (Maurizio Gambarini/EPA)
A visitor passes "With Wind," an installation by Chinese artist Ai WeiWei that is part of @Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz on Sept. 27 in San Francisco. The piece, located in the former Federal prison, features kites meant to convey the contrast between freedom and restriction. (Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)
A raven flies over the art installation titled "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" at the Tower of London Sept. 19. The evolving art installation will be completed on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th year of the first full day of British involvement in WW1. The work will be comprised of 888,246 ceramic poppies created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper. (Russell Boyce/Reuters)
A view of buildings illuminated during the opening night of the Light Move Festival in Lodz, Poland, Oct. 10. (Grzegorz Michalowski/EPA)
Artist Liz LaManche works on a tattoo design to represent England, one of the many countries and cultures represented along dock in East Boston, Mass. before a festival. (Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff)
A man leaves his house, which was decorated with a mural by students to demand the government justice for the 43 missing students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos, in the town of Tixtla, in the southern state of Guerrero Oct. 31. The students disappeared in Iguala on Sept. 26 after they clashed with police and masked men. (Daniel Becerril/Reuters)
Beachgoers walk and sit around a giant frying pan sculpture by Andrew Hankin titled "We're fryin' out here" that is part of the "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition at Sydney's Tamarama Beach Oct. 26. The free and temporary outdoor exhibition, now in its 18th year, stretches for two kilometres (1.24 miles) along the coastline between Sydney's famous Bondi and Tamarama beaches. (David Gray/Reuters)
People pass by an art installation titled, "Iron, 11 pieces," by Mexican artist Damian Ortega at ArtRio International Art Fair, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)
A man passes an Ebola awareness mural on Oct. 2, in Monrovia, Liberia. More than 4,800 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (John Moore/Getty Images)
A calm and tranquil North Sea laps against the art installation, "The Couple" by artist Sean Henery just off the coast at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, in north east England. (Owen Humphreys/PA via Associated Press)
Visitors gather at a mural showing former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (L) kissing former East German communist leader Erich Honecker by Russian painter Dmitri Vrubel on Oct. 28 at the East Side Gallery, which is a 1.3 km-long original section of the Berlin Wall and is today a popular tourist attraction. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
An art installation by Brazilian artist Eduardo Srur made with a life-size mannequin stands over the highly polluted Pinheiros River in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 18. Srur says his work aims to warn people about the pollution in the city's rivers. (Andre Penner/Associated Press)
A protestor jumps from a ledge in front of a mural at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, Oct. 28. Tens of thousands of people marched through the capital of Burkina Faso on calling for President Blaise Compaore to abandon plans to hold a referendum on changing term limits to allow him to stay in power. (Joe Penney/Reuters)
Todd Marinovich, the former Orange County high school, USC and NFL quarterback whose career was derailed by drug addiction, paints a mural on the side of the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove Sept. 26. (Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register via Associated Press)
A giant wooden hippopotamus created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats in the Thames in London on Sept. 3. The sculpture named HippopoThames is 21-metre-long (69 feet) and is on display as part of the Totally Thames festival. (Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chinese girl reaches to touch a colorful statue, one of many replicating China's famous Terracotta Warriors at an exhibtion on Sept. 3, in Beijing. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
A worker talks on his phone as he sits against a mural covering a building undergoing construction in London, Oct. 21. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)
People gather to see the Cathedral of Berlin (Berliner Dome) being illuminated, on Oct. 9, as the technicians test the the lights on the eve of the opening of the "Festival of lights" in the German capital. The yearly festival see famous buildings and landmarks being used as canvas for light installations. (Odd Anderson/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman uses her hand to shield herself from the sun as she walks past an art installation on display for the Beijing Design Week at a shopping mall in Beijing, Sept. 24, (Andy Wong/Associated Press)
People walk over the installation "The pool" during the ''Signal Festival'' on Oct. 17 in Prague. International and local artists will show major trends of new technologies and lighting design in the streets of Prague. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)
A team of mural artists wearing safety harnesses and working with an 80-foot boom lift and 50-foot scissor lift put final touches on the newest mural to grace the Greenway Wall in Dewey Square Park in Boston. Titled "Seven Moon Junction," by artist Shinique Smith. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire walk through a piece by U.S. artist Alice Aycock entitled "Hoop-La" during the Beyond Limits selling exhibition at Chatsworth House in central England, Sept. 4. (Darren Staples/Reuters)
Students hold a placard with a Bansky design depicting an a girl with an air balloon and reading " Education" during the second day of demonstration against government's cuts in education spending in Barcelona on Oct. 22. (Quique Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the dance company "Gentlemen de Rua" (GRua), or "Gentlemen of the Street", hold their street performance titled "Body Passing" on the streets of Natal, August 8. (Nuno Guimaraes/Reuters)
A protester holding a molotov cocktail stands in front of a mural of school students holding candles on the wall of a local high school during a protest in support of the Saudi Sh'ites scholar Nimar Al Nimar, in the village of Jidhafs west of Manama, Oct. 18. (Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters)
Workers install the "Unconditional Surrender" sculpture by artist Seward Johnson of the U.S. outside the Memorial of Caen museum in Caen, France, Sept. 25. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)
Men paddle a boat during heavy floods in Kostanjevica ob Krki, Sept. 13. (Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters)
Trade fair visitors take pictures in a panoramic photo in front of the cathedral in Cologne, during the opening day of the 'photokina 2014' fair in Cologne, Germany, Sept, 15. (Oliver Berg/EPA)
A pedestrian makes his way past a freshly-painted wall mural in a Johannesburg suburb, South Africa, Oct. 9. (Denis Farrell/Associated Press)
A street performer tries to attract passers-by attention, in Rome, Sept. 18. (Andrew Medichini/Associated Press)
A vendor arranges vegetables for sale in front of street art featuring Albert Einstein in Manila on Sept. 18. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Annie McCarthy, 25, walks through the dumpster art installation titled "Allusion" by Igor Korsunskiy on her way back to the office during her lunch break, Oct. 23, in Atlanta. Ten dumpsters have been placed in the downtown area as temporary art galleries as part of Elevate Art 2014. (David Goldman/Associated Press)
A Palestinian boy walks past a mural depicting the Dome of the Rock painted on a house which witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the east of Gaza City Oct. 31. The writing on the mural reads,"Hope remains despite the pain." (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
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