'The living walls': Russian artist breathes life into abandoned & shabby buildings (PHOTOS)

"The faces", Russia, Perm, 2011 (photo cortesy Nikita Nomerz)
Dilapidated buildings and ramshackle structures in Russia and beyond are now wearing expressive faces, thanks to a talented young Russian artist. Comical looks and scary expressions breathe life and humor into what was once urban decay and desolation.

"The confined", Russia, Vyksa, 2013 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

A Russian artist, Nikita Nomerz, launched the project dubbed “The living walls” in Nizhny Novgorod in 2010.

"The big brother", Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, 2010 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

Nikita transforms the facades of disused and dilapidated buildings into characters with human emotions: happiness, embarrassment and even anger. City wasteland, trees and even bridges also come in for the magic treatment.

"Breaking out", Russia, Tula, 2012 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

“It wanted to create a series of street works, which have a common idea of giving a second life to old, abandoned buildings,” writes Nikita on his official website page.

"Toothyman", Russia, Ekaterinburg, 2011 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

The artist compares street art and with standard drawings and painting, saying these two types have, “different feelings, different emotions and a different atmosphere.”

"The tower man", Russia, Perm, 2011 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

A scruffy water tower becomes a beacon of laughter and a bridge across a river assumes the aspect of a scary monster with sharp teeth, thanks to Nikita’s deft touch.

Russia, Ekaterinburg, 2012 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

“When you are doing street art, you create a dialogue with passersby, architecture, and nature and with other artists. Maybe on streets, art is not so durable, but it's for real and alive. These works live their own life.”

"The hostage", Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, 2013 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

But Nikita didn’t stop with the “Living walls” project in Nizhny Novgorod. He was invited to breathe life into rundown buildings and other structures in Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Perm. Belarus also took a shine to the gifted artist, whose art now adorns buildings in Minsk and other cities in the country.

"The Keeper of the Keys", Russia, Pikalevo, 2012 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

In 2013, Chinese Hainan Airlines’ official magazine published a piece on the talented artist in an article called: "The Smiling Crumbing Walls". After this publicity, Nikita was invited to Suyfunhe City in China where he brightened up the façade of a four-story building with a stunning piece of work called “The Chinese residents”.

"The Chinese residents", china, Suyfunhe [Suifenhe], 2013 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

"Glutton", Russia, St.Petersburg, 2012 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

"Monster House", Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, 2012 (photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz)

Photo cortesy: Nikita Nomerz