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Don't Look Now, But That Building is Totally Staring at You

While some enterprising individuals revitalize abandoned buildings by crafting valentines or holding nude photo shoots, street artist Nikita Nomerz perks up bleak, abandoned Russian structures by painting each crumbling façade as hyper-emotive character portraits. His "The Living Wall" series spans much of the Russian countryside and includes bridges, silos, water towers, and homes. "I paint in the street, in public spaces, but I do not position myself as an invader of the city or a destroyer. I position myself as a creator. With my street art work, I fill the urban emptiness," he told the Global Street Art blog. The bespectacled work above? He calls it "Watcher Man," and it sits in the country's central city of Krasnoyarsk. "I usually paint in abandoned places where there are few people; where I will not bother people, and where other people would not stop me," he says. "I've never had serious problems with the cops." More below.

? "Monster House" in Russia's Nizhniy Novgorod (2012). "I do not know how people relate to my art work," he says. "Most of the reactions I've heard, it seems people like it. But people are different! Maybe they annoy someone, or some people are frightened even. Some people may just not notice them and just pass by."

? "Glutton" in St. Petersburg (2012).

? "The big brother" in Nizhniy Novgorod (2010).

· The Face of Decay: Interview with Russia's Nomerz [Global Street Art via Laughing Squid]
· Nomerz's The Living Wall [Official Site]
· All Abandonment Issues posts [Curbed National]