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Best of 2013: Eight Inspiring Examples of Urban Art

by Yasha Wallin

December 24, 2013

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When the city of Detroit announced its bankruptcy in July, local artist Jerry Vile offered his satirical response. He placed a massive vat of Crisco underneath the iconic Joe Louis fist, to, according to the artist, "help ease the pain of Detroit's bankruptcy."

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Art and boxing don't often intersect. But Belgian-born Shanghai-based artist Phil Akashi married these two subjects when he created a stunning tribute to Nelson Mandela—using boxing gloves and traditional Chinese ink paste. By punching a wall 27,000 times with the characters 自由 or "Freedom," the artist produced this homage to Mandela, who at the time was still hospitalized in critical condition.

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Best of 2013: Eight Inspiring Examples of Urban Art