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No One Even Noticed These Buildings At First, But Now They Can't Look Away


Walk around any town or city long enough and you’re bound to see two things: dingy, run-down buildings and works of street art.

And these pieces can range from illegible graffiti to stunning murals. No matter what form they take, however, they work wonders when it comes to adding interest to otherwise boring facades.

But if you were to venture to France and wander around picturesque villages like Aurec-sur-Loire and Chamonix, you’d probably be a little baffled by the apparent absence of both…until you take a closer look.

When French street artist Patrick Commecy and his team from A Fresco get their hands on bare, boring facades, they totally transform them.

When French street artist Patrick Commecy and his team from A Fresco get their hands on bare, boring facades, they totally transform them.

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

At first glance, these murals don’t look like murals at all.

Instead, they become part of the buildings themselves, serving as representations of what these structures could’ve been.

You’d half expect to find hotel patrons leaning on these balconies and taking in the stunning views.

Upon completion of each new mural, city streets take on new life.

The artist’s goal is to turn those streets into outdoor museums.

“Each of these frescoes depicts the identity, history, and characteristics of the place where it falls,” he writes on his website.

To learn more about Patrick Commecy’s work, be sure to pay his website a visit (or better yet, hop a plane to France and see the real deal).

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