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If these walls could talk

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Modern Art

Photograph By Neal Hendrix

In neighborhoods all across the wide expanse of the City of Angels, murals -- painted by internationally renowned artists as well as underground, unnamed talent (like the piece shown here) -- decorate structures that range from functional industrial buildings to hip restaurants. Street art has been around for thousands of years -- even the ancient Romans scrawled on walls -- and it remains one of the most accessible ways to experience a variety of creative styles, media and messages. Click through to sample some of the striking outdoor museum pieces L.A. has to offer.