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Even the best and most striking street art can exist with almost no connection to the walls on which it appears. Some artists, however, take inspiration from the actual neighborhoods they use as their canvas—beautifying an area and revealing something essential about it at the same time. Here are some of the most neighborhood-friendly examples. Curated by Sebastian Buck of Unurth.com.

Žilda, “Io Sono una Forza del Passato” (“I Am a Force of the Past”); Rome

(Pictured at top.) The Eternal City has been the set for countless films, often appearing more as a character than as a backdrop. Pasting cutouts of classic Roman cinema characters back into the Roman urban landscape, Žilda’s project brings these movies back to the city.

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