A mural on the side of communist-era apartment blocks shows a father tossing his daughter into the air 5 in Hoyerswerda, Germany. Hoyerswerda was largely built by the communist East German authorities in the 1950s in order to house workers needed for nearby coal mines, power plants and factories, and by 1981 had a population of over 70,000. After the collapse of the communist government in 1989 the factories shut down and coal production declined, resulting in a population that has sunk to around 34,000 today, making Hoyerswerda the city with the starkest population decline in Germany. 25 years since German reunification eastern Germany is struggling with a low birth rate, rural emigration and unemployment rates higher than in western Germany.
A couple pass in front of a mural of a Muslim woman painted on a wall in an inner city suburb of Sydney on Thursday. Australian military jets are to join in the US-led air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, conducting refuelling and support missions
Swiss guards in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall before a private meeting between Pope Francis and Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, president of Malta, on Monday.
A worker passes a mural of Hugo Chavez at the military barracks where the former Venezuelan president is entombed in Caracas, Venezuela. Workers made last-minute preparations for Wednesday’s ceremony marking the first anniversary of Chavez’s death. The anniversary has been marred by three weeks of protests against the government of Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro.
A woman walks past a mural of Venezuelan Liberator Simon Bolivar in San Antonio, in the border state of Tachira, Venezuela. Angry Venezuelan students geared up to stage a fresh rally on Tuesday, the latest in three weeks of anti-government protests that have left at least 14 people dead.
An Iranian woman holds an anti-US poster as she stands in front of a mural of the Statue of Liberty bearing the face of a skull on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover.
A painting of toucans features on the facade of the Wohngenossenschaft Soldaritaet co-op apartment buildings in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday as part of a 22,000 sq m mural. A group of artists working for French-based Citecreation painted the walls of the three buildings in imagery inspired by a nearby zoo and in co-operation with the buildings’ residents. Citecreation has applied to the Guiness Book of World Records that the mural, which will be officially inaugurated on August 22, be considered as the largest in the world on an inhabited building
A man pushes his cart past a mural of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Mr Mandela’s eldest daughter on Thursday lambasted foreign media ‘vultures’ for violating her father’s privacy as he lay critically ill in hospital.