These 11 Photos Capture Amazing Art Projects That Are Beautifying Brooklyn

Ordinary buildings become art and last forever in a picture.

From Brooklyn, N.Y., to Jersey City, N.J., to Mexico City, there's a beauty in seeing an ordinary building transformed by an awe-inspiring piece of art. Whether it's graffiti or murals, this artistic expression seen in cities around the globe turns the concrete jungles into a canvas, allowing artists' imaginations to run wild and giving city dwellers and visitors unforgettable eye candy.

In America, an artist known as Cornbread is considered the first modern graffiti writer, per the book The History of American Graffiti. It was the late 1960s and Cornbread was trying to get the attention of a girl he liked, so he started tagging city walls in Philadelphia. The act was considered rebellious and lawmakers protested it. Still, it spread far and wide as shown in the hit Netflix series The Get Down, set in the Bronx, N.Y., in the late 1970s. Jaden Smith's character, Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling, goes to great lengths to tag messages of the realities of growing up as an inner-city kid on buildings, billboards and, of course, subway cars.

The contemporary graffiti or street art movement was shaped by the young people of the '60s and '70s in America, which began being showcased as artwork in galleries by the 1980s. Today, there are artists from around the globe such as Banksy from the U.K., Gaia from New York City, Natalia Rak from Poland, Inti from Chile, Eduardo Kobra from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Swoon from my hometown, New London, Conn.

As new artists take to the streets to add colorful murals to our grandest metropolises in the world, we bask in the beauty of what they've created amongst concrete, brick, and metal — especially when these artworks can be captured on camera for National Photo Month.

Here we highlight the beauty that makes up the Bushwick Collective, an "outdoor street gallery" in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which begins on Jefferson Street and continues on Troutman Street toward Saint Nicholas Avenue. If you happen to be in the area on June 3, 2017, check out the Bushwick Collective Block party, an annual art event combining graffiti, street art, music, food trucks, and local vendors, which brings together the best of the community.  



Check out 11 pieces of artwork seen at the Bushwick Collective below:

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Photo Credit: Zayda Rivera

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Photo Credit: Zayda Rivera

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Photo Credit: Zayda Rivera

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Photo Credit: Zayda Rivera

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Photo Credit: Zayda Rivera


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Photo Credit: Zayda Rivera
Photo Credit: Zayda Rivera