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Explore Rio de Janeiro’s amazing street art in 50 Instagrams

They are everywhere

As the world turns to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, which officially kicks off tonight, there’s been quite a bit of not-so-pretty talk about how ill-prepared the Brazilian city is in seemingly every way. But there is one thing that Rio has most definitely got on lock: incredible street art.

Since the government decriminalized street art seven years ago—which is to say that artists can graffiti over urban buildings and structures with the consent of property owners—the depth and breadth of Rio’s street art scene has simply exploded.

Elaborate, vibrant works of varying scales can be found at practically every corner—walls, storefronts, stairs, the sides of large buildings, street lamp posts, and so on. This buzzing community, especially palpable in neighborhoods like Lapa, Santa Teresa, and Jardim Botânico, has also spawned organized street art tours and a street art festival.

And this month, no doubt in recognition of all the attention poured on Rio for the Games, Instagram has launched @InstaWalkRio, an account that hopes to give both locals and tourists an organized way to explore some of the coolest artworks around town, including several new pieces specially commissioned by the social platform.

Below, get a taste of the endless street art the city has to offer, starting with the massive athlete figures French artist JR plopped onto the Rio cityscape in celebration of the Olympics.

@jr blessed us with this "flying sculpture" for the 2016 Rio Olympics

A photo posted by MURALfestival (@muralfestival) on

Curious who lives in 317. #rio #riodejaneiro #riostreetart #streetart

A photo posted by Greg Ho (@grg.ho) on

The beautiful colours of Selaron's Steps. #escadariaselaron #rio #riodejaneiro #lapa #riostreetart

A photo posted by Greg Ho (@grg.ho) on

#spaceinvader #invader #1up #streetart #riostreetart #streetartrio #riodejaneiro #megamatt

A photo posted by davey doggle (@happydinosaur) on

#streetart #grafite #muralism #muralismo #riostreetart #brusk #artederua

A photo posted by Fárlei Canha da Silva (@ffcanhs) on

#graffiti #streetart #riodejaneiro #riostreetart

A photo posted by Harry (@harry__george) on

#riostreetart #graffitiphotography #graffiti #botafogo #kajamam #arteurbana #artederua #spraypaint #brasil

A photo posted by Marilia Marx (@marxmarilia) on

#riostreetart

A photo posted by Sydney Stevenson (@cidstevenson) on

#riodejaneiro #riostreetart #RJ

A photo posted by @3ricsantana on

Pára e repara: a arte tá na rua. #riostreetart #streetartrio #riodejaneiro #grafitti #tijuca

A photo posted by andretedesco (@andretedesco) on

Skate Street art in Rio #skateCat #streetArt #cat #rioStreetArt #SkatePark

A photo posted by Emma Malfense-Fierro (@emalfense) on

#Rio #RioStreetArt #StreetArt

A photo posted by Elena (@freelancer_ru) on

#riostreetart #riodejaneiro #brasilstreetart #streetart #futebol #worldcup #football #brasil

A photo posted by James de Graaf (@james.dg) on

✨ #streetartrio #rio2016

A photo posted by Luiza (@luizaborgesribeiro) on

Art by @pedrongomes & @floradidonet

A photo posted by Cacá Vieira (@cvieira) on

#streetartrio

A photo posted by GoBikeRio (@gobikerio) on

Monteiro Lobato & Visconde de Sabugosa. Rua Gomes Lopes.

A photo posted by Maria Maunula (@mariamaunula) on

#riostreetart

A photo posted by @baldhairypaleface on

Say no to ivory #graffiti #Riostreetart

A photo posted by WorldinMyEyes (@arashtma) on

#riostreetart #streetartrio

A photo posted by Alice In Montreal (@aliceklar) on

#riostreetart #2013

A photo posted by @dylanar on

Pelos muros do flamengo. #streetartrio #riodejaneiro #streetart #artrio #riodejaneiro2016

A photo posted by Léo Calvão (@leocalvao) on