There is a rather amazing project happening all over the world just now. Called The Outings Project, it was dreamed up by a French artist called Julien de Casabianca and it is actually a very simple concept. Basically it consists of groups of people in lots of cities around the world, going to their local art museum – such as the Tate, Museum of Modern Art, Rijksmuseum or some similar, finding a painting that they particularly like, taking a photograph of it and then getting that photo blown up and printed on paper. They then go out onto the city streets, find a bit of unpainted wall, and simply stick the photo onto the wall, using wallpaper paste.
As simple as that.
Simple though the idea is, it is having a considerable effect on the cities in which it is happening, both for those doing it, and for people who happen to wander by and come across these unlikely bits of high grade graffiti.
Here are a few taken at random from all sorts of cities to give you an idea about how this project actually looks.