18. Diving dog mural – Mechelen, Belgium
Belgium-based street artist Bart Smeets, also known as Smates, transformed a bland, gray wall in the city of Mechelen with this playful painting of a diving dog. Smates, in fact, often paints animals and people, and this particular four-story mural combines a great visual concept with attention-grabbing photorealism. “The can is the ideal tool for me,” he told Culture Trip.
17. “Brick Kidz” – Montreal, Canada
Parisian-born street artist Julien Malland, also known as Seth Globepainter, is renowned for creating vibrant murals which incorporate elements of the built environment. And “Brick Kidz” in Montreal is a classic example of his approach. Furthermore, Seth has been traveling the world since 2003, painting murals, meeting with other urban artists and sharing expertise. “His approach is to create an artistic dialogue,” states his portfolio site.
16. “Wise Grandpa” – Kaunas, Lithuania
Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-biggest city, is recognized for its vibrant student scene as much as its cultural and artistic heritage. Sadly, however, city authorities did not take kindly to this piece of unauthorized street art by local studio Gyva Grafika. And so despite its disarming character, “Wise Grandpa” was eventually erased, leaving only photographs of the much underrated, short-lived transformation.