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Five examples of nature-inspired street art

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:26 PM -

With every passing year, street art is becoming more acceptable, leading to incredible commissioned pieces that adorn city walls across the globe.

The themes explored in these murals are varied, but artists tend to converge on a few familiar notions -- like hope and nature.

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Here are five examples of the latter.

1. The Wohngenossenschaft Soldaritaet coop, Berlin, Germany

French firm CitéCreation created this incredible mural on the Wohngenossenschaft Soldaritaet Coop apartment blocks in Berlin -- creating what could be the world's largest mural.

Measuring 20,000 square metres, the design is said to be inspired by a zoo, complete with animals, trees and people.

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CitéCreation has applied to the Guinness World Records to take the "world's largest mural" title away from the creators of the 6 km Pueblo Levee Project in Pueblo, Colorado

2. Bialystok, Poland

This whimsical painting has been hailed by members of the street art community, with many calling it one of 2013's best pieces. Created by Natalia Rak, we like how nature is prominently featured in the piece.

3. Guragon, India

This large, 3D mural -- dubbed the "Tree of Life" -- was created by artist Manav Gupta for the interior staircase of an office building.

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Covering an impressive 10 000 sq ft of surface, it is one of the world's largest indoor staircase murals. While the project was the brainchild of Gupta, it came to be through collaboration: More than 1,000 of the building's employees helped with the painting.

4. San Francisco, U.S.A.

Reverse graffiti is an interesting trend that creates images on city spaces by removing dirt with power washers and soap.

It was started by British artist Paul Curtis, who describes his process as "making pictures by cleaning."

Curtis hopes that his work will help draw attention to, in its simplest terms, cleanliness.

Photo courtesy: mrsmullerauh/Flickr

Photo courtesy: mrsmullerauh/Flickr

5. Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.

Photo courtesy: Warholian/Facebook

Photo courtesy: Warholian/Facebook

We love the work of 'Mosstika' Edina Tokodi, whose process involves  using stencils to adhere live moss to walls.

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