Here today, gone tomorrow 2016 illustrated on the streets

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The thing about street art is that there is no permanence. Beirut’s streets are constantly changing, with more and more vivid pieces added to the city every year and others removed by authorities, artists or natural causes. Some street artists feel offended when their work is defaced by fellow artists, while others take it with a pinch of salt, pointing out that in the same way they break the rules to paint in a public space, others have the same right to paint over it. In an effort to freeze frame Beirut’s street art, here is a selection found in 2016.

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Wildstyle graffiti on the Emile Lahoud Highway, Karantina

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

A small but interesting piece on Qobayat Street, Mar Mikhael

Photo from Jad Khoury

Artist Potato Nose’s work on a war-torn building is visible from the General Fouad Chehab Highway

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Pieces on the popular wall at the Tabaris intersection, Achrafieh

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Stencil artwork by The Chain Effect on Armenia Street, Mar Mikhael

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Unused buses are decorated at the old bus station on Armenia Street, Mar Mikhael

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

A piece at the Tabaris intersection, Achrafieh

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Graffiti and a character on one of the colorful Mar Mikhael stairways

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Manar gas station on Armenia Street, Mar Mikhael is well known for being completely covered in Graffiti, adding to the neighborhood’s hip vibe

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Hady Beydoun’s beautiful, giant masterpiece near the bridge at the Charles Helou bus station adds some color to the area

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

The Bros Crew’s recent piece on Cairo street, Hamra

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

A masterpiece by Zed on the Charles Helou Highway, after Forum de Beyrouth

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Street art like this piece in the Beirut Port district offers positive messages to the community

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Ashekman’s recognizable Kermit piece at the Tabaris intersection, Achrafieh, has sparked a lot of conversation

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

Several artists’ graffiti along the popular  Emile Lahoud Highway, Karantina

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

A piece signed 3akra on the Emile Lahoud Highway, Karantina

photo: Greg Demarque

photo: Greg Demarque

A message of peace on the Charles Helou Highway, Beirut Port district

 

 

This is a three part article on street art in Lebanon. Read more:

Defining street art

Living in a street artist’s paradise

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