From striking to surreal, the 10 most inventive art installations of 2013

Art installations can transform any area into a work of creative beauty. Take a look at our pick of the best from 2013.

At Creative Bloq we're big fans of plastering city streets and grey walls with creativity, and the world of street art and installations increasingly offers far more than just spraypainted walls. Here, we take a look back at the most inventive art installations to grace the streets of the world over the past 12 months.

01. Jun Kitagawa

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These zip installations certainly raised a smile across Japan

Japanese artist Jun Kitagawa installed this brilliant series of huge, 3D zipper structures across Japan's public spaces. After 'accidentally' becoming an artist by covering up nude statues with an array of old t-shirts, he's certainly come a long way. Known for his approach to 'light eroticism', these zippers are a playful art installation that will no doubt raise a smile or two around the city.

02. Alex Chinneck

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This art installation took over a building that was vacant for 11 years

This huge installation from British artist and designer Alex Chinneck is entitled 'From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes'. The installation sees the facade of a brick rowhouse behaving in the manner of a piece of sliced American cheese. Its floppy exterior is placed upon a building that has been vacant for over 11 years.

03. Bruce Munro

British artist Bruce Munro latest exhibition, 'Field of Light', has sprung up in Cheekwood, Tennessee. Known for his inventive and large-scale approach to light and art, Munroe's new exhibition comprises seven large-scale outdoor installations, and illuminated sculptures within Cheekwood’s Museum of Art.

04. Momot

The ethos behind Nike Air Max is that when revolution meets evolution, a dynasty is born. South Korean culture brand Momot collaborated with the sneaker giants' campaign 'Nike Air Max Reinvented' to create their latest installation. Featuring the brand's impressive paper toys, this is an art project we would have liked to take part in!

05. Sam Songailo

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Zen Garden takes black and white to new levels

This latest installation from Sam Songailo is part of Adelaide's burgeoning arts scene. Placed in an industrial warehouse, the three-dimensional drawing showcases a headache-worthy work of art. Entitled 'Zen Garden', black and white lines run the length of the main gallery’s floor, that are then interrupted by sporadic rocks, whilst evenly spaced rectangles cover the walls.

06. Drzach & Suchy

Created by design studio Drzach & Suchy for the Google Zurich office, 'The Force' consists of a white wall with a mammoth 16,000 Lego bricks embedded onto it. The piece took around 10 hours to complete, with many Lego enthusiasts lending a hand.

07. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

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This is possibly the largest art installation we've come across

This latest piece from Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada could well be the biggest piece of outdoors art we've come across. Measuring in at 11-acres, the field portrait entitled 'WISH' was created as part of the Belfast Festival. Rodríguez-Gerada explains, "Working at very large scales becomes a personal challenge but it also allows me to bring attention to important social issues, the size of the piece is intrinsic to the value of its message".

08. Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss

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This art installation commemorated International Peace Day

To mark International Peace Day, British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by 60 volunteers and 500 local residents, took to the beaches of Normandy and etched 9,000 fallen soldier silhouettes into the sand using rakes and stencils.

09. Ladamenrouge

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Ladamenrouge brightens up the streets of his local city

French artist Ladamenrouge wanders the streets of his home town looking for random inspiration and, so far, he's found plenty to keep him occupied. Armed with spray paint, stencils and a brilliant sense of humour, the daring artist has 'improved' street signs, drawn on pavements and eye bombed various everyday objects.

10. Nathaniel Russell

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We love the playful feel of this art installation

We instantly fell in love with this collection from illustrator Nathaniel Russell. Creating surreal and often absurd characters and objects, Russell then cuts them out into wooden statues to be placed around various buildings. We love the playful feel of each creation - channelling the child-like creative spark we're all capable of.

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