Russian artist creates 'living walls' 

Street painter transforms derelict buildings into art

Whether you're at home or travelling on your gap year, it's always brilliant to find something unusual and interesting just around the corner. It seems that Russian artist Nikita Nomerz has been making that hope a reality for the last couple of years in his home country. 

Since 2010 Nikita has been transforming the walls of decrepit old buildings into quirky works of art. He typically takes the crumbling facade of a Communist-era house, silo or water tower and creates the face of a character that physically utilises the building's existing features and damage.

The public artworks, which are mostly located in the Russian cities of Perm and Nizhniy Novgorod, have engaged the travel community; Nikita has taken depressing urban landmarks and tried to make them interesting, and the way he has taken these redundant bricks-and-mortar fixtures and turned them into something fresh and exciting has caught the imagination of many. 

Nikita told us: "The idea of my project 'Living Walls' was to give a wall, building or other object a face with emotions, feelings and history. People often do not see that this is already around us.

"The walls are alive, and sometimes the walls see people better than we see them."

The artist explained that part of the attraction of his work was the travel and social aspect of it.

"I try to travel. I like it," he said. "When I am in cities I will draw on the street, and meet and talk with other street artists."

We have included a selection of our favourite Nikita Nomerz pieces here. To see more of his work visit his blog.

You can also follow Nikita on Twitter and Flickr

We have also added a video from Nikita's Vimeo channel showing the process of creating one of his 'living walls'. 

The Big Brother by Nikita Nomerz (2010)

Toothyman by Nikita Nomerz (2011)

The Tower Man by Nikita Nomerz (2011)

The Fire in the Eyes by Nikita Nomerz (2011)

What do you think of Nikita Nomerz's 'living walls'? Where is the best street art in the world? Do you approve of street artists 'reclaiming' old buildings to create something new?