Street Art Around The World Shows Coronavirus Impact

Artists around the world are channeling their fears, concerns, frustration and anger from the Coronavirus pandemic into murals that serve as both warnings and PSA to viewers. Over 1.5 million people have been infected by the respiratory virus, and nearly 90,000 have died. Health experts believe those numbers can stabilize if people adhere to strict social distancing measures, which is a common theme throughout some of the featured murals.

In Brazil, a graffiti artist is using his country’s outbreak to challenge elected leadership that initially dismissed the crisis as a hoax. In Berlin, the East Gallery has become a canvas for COVID-19 commentaries, our favorite being a satirical interpretation of our mass desire to hoard toilet paper. And in Barcelona, perhaps the most famous woman ever painted gets a remix as a local artist illustrates coronavirus indiscriminate nature.

1. Dakar, Sengal 

Coronavirus Mural
People walk past a graffiti on the wall of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar depicting hygienic steps that aid in prevention of contracting COVID-19. (Photo by Alaattin Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

2. Brooklyn, USA

Coronavirus Street Art
Brooklyn residents Ian Gillian and Naoko Okada seen on the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Thursday, April 2nd, 2020. Gillian has been making a point to wear a different “apocalyptic outfit” every day. (Photo by B.A. Van Sise/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

3. Glasgow, Scotland

Coronavirus Art
A person walks past a piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear after it appeared on a wall on Bath Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow’s street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a man pulling a chain with a germ attached to it as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

4. Berlin, Germany

Graffiti showing Gollum from “Lord of the Rings,” holding a roll of toilet paper with note “My precious.” (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

We think this one speaks for itself: Stay the f*ck home! or #StayTheF*ckHome! if you prefer. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian graffiti artist Aira Ocrespo poses with his art piece featuring Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro at his studio in Rio de Janeiro. Bolsonaro has been called South America’s Donald Trump, and much like the United States President, initially downplayed the pandemic.    (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP) (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

6. Barcelona, Spain

Coronavirus Art
A man holding his mobile phone walks past a poster by Italian urban artist Salvatore Benintende aka “TVBOY” depecting Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa wearing a protective facemask and holding a mobile phone reading “Mobile World Virus.” (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)

7. Northern England, United Kingdom

A pedestrian walks past graffiti depicting the badge of the fictional super heros Superman and Superwoman, and Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) logo above street art of a nurse, on a wall in Pontefract, northern England.  (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

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Eric has revolved in and out of passport controls for over 20 years. From his first archaeological field school in Belize to rural villages in Ethiopia and Buddhist temples in Laos, Eric has come smile to smile with all walks of life. A writer, photographer and entrepreneur, the LA native believes the power of connectivity and community is enriched through travel.

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