There's something fascinating and enchanting about turning into a street and coming upon a fully-formed artwork. It's one of the reasons I love public art commissions. Street art, though, is another level again because it is totally unexpected - a chance meeting with art which has nonetheless been placed there for your appreciation and interaction. I saw some incredible street art in Barcelona, like the photo above - gorgeous lyrical pieces that present themselves like faded fragments of another world. I wish I'd taken more photos. Some gave the impression of old-world circus posters where time and chance had ripped away sections to leave a faintly surreal portions of a broken narrative.
I'm glad I'm not alone in my fascination with these arts pieces as I've found at least one other who appreciates this particular brand of art. The lovely Hollie recently featured one of her favourite street artists on her blog Dr Kennedy Jones. Pictures below, these are the work of Leo & Pipo - a duo who work their magic in France. If your French is up to it, there's more information about them here.