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Photos: L.A. Street Art, Summer 2012

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Street art in Los Angeles is everywhere; turn any corner, drive up any boulevard, and a 20-foot-tall mural or a poster washed onto a post or electrical box will probably catch your eye -- if you're in an observant mood, or just sitting at a long, red light.

Naysayers may call it graffiti, but supporters believe that street art brings color and message to the world, transforming vacant buildings and dust-covered walls into gallery spaces that admit any and all onlookers without an entrance fee.

We agree that the unique pieces that adorn our cityscape are worth a few minutes (or more) of our time; here are some great shots of recent local street art captured by Lord Jim this summer, for your consideration.