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


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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

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

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

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

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

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

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

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

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

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

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

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

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

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

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

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

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

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

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

A Fresco / Patrick Commency

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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