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This genius street artist is on the loose in New York and bringing joy to every street corner

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Earlier this week, Britain voted Banksy’s ‘The Girl with the Red Balloon’ as its favourite piece of art – proving that, whatever you may think of it personally, street art has the ability to bring joy to a lot of people.

When done well it can really spice up a city – turn a boring street corner into a talking point, and even a place of pilgrimage.

New York street artist Tom Bob isn’t like Bansky – he doesn’t paint to send a message about society – all he wants to do is bring a bit of colour to otherwise drab streets.

He’s been around for a little while, but people have especially started to notice his work popping up over the last few months, and it’s properly brilliant. Tom Bob specialises in turning extremely ordinary looking walls into really creative designs, using his signature cartoony style.

For example he turned this...

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Into this...

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Here are some of our other favourite transformations…

From this...

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To this...

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From this...

bt

To this...

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From this...

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To this...

r

And from this...

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To this...

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As you can see, Tom Bob is a master at creating marvel from the mundane, and its the sort of art that just makes you smile. Here are some more of his best pieces, which include a lot of creative work with drain covers…

Alligator on the loose

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Splattered turtle

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Lobster party

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They key to your heart

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A discarded condom

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Drainpipe snake

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And another snake

snake

Murderous robots

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A very formal octopus

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Pool ball barrels

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Here’s a picture of the man himself (on the right) looking as happy as his art makes us:

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If you want to check out more of Tom Bob’s excellent work, you can follow him on Instagram @tombobnyc.

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