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What is the main factor that makes art what it is? It may sound like a rhetorical question or maybe too generic to find an answer that fits everyone. But for the purposes of this post, we can say that art has what it takes to make you stop right on your feet and trigger some pure, genuine awe — even for just a couple of seconds.

From the Sistine Chapel to “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” plenty of works have captured people’s imagination and attention. But what about when you’re just walking down the street and see something so random yet beautiful that seems like it should belong to a museum? From the lines of a cracked phone screen to the ice on trees during winter, everyday objects can form patterns and shapes that are both awe-inspiring and unexpected. Whatever the case may be, you can’t help but stop and stare at this random piece of art that is just… there, in all its offbeat creativity and glory.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Time to show you then. Scroll down and take a look at this collection of unexpected art, aka art gems hiding in plain sight! We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best examples of art in everyday life, shared by the people who captured them! Each picture is unique, and all of them are proof that you never know where the next piece of accidental art might be hiding. They all challenge traditional notions of what art is and where it can be found — and the best part? They weren’t born with the intention of being art, making their beauty all the more remarkable!

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In Cute Cat News, My Mom Put Up An Easter Decal On Our Front Door And It Makes Gigi Look Like A Dr. Seuss Character

In Cute Cat News, My Mom Put Up An Easter Decal On Our Front Door And It Makes Gigi Look Like A Dr. Seuss Character

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#3

Something Bumped Against A Wall At Work And Made A Painting Of A Snowy Town

Something Bumped Against A Wall At Work And Made A Painting Of A Snowy Town

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#4

Rainstorm Creates A Watercolor Painting On Windshield

Rainstorm Creates A Watercolor Painting On Windshield

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#5

Art Only Nature Can Create. My Fence This Morning After A Snowy Night On Terschelling, The Netherlands

Art Only Nature Can Create. My Fence This Morning After A Snowy Night On Terschelling, The Netherlands

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#7

Sunset Reflected In A Broken Mirror

Sunset Reflected In A Broken Mirror

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#8

Took A Small Squirt Of My Shaving Gel, And Got A Little Chicken!

Took A Small Squirt Of My Shaving Gel, And Got A Little Chicken!

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#12

A Patient Experienced Claustrophobia And Had A Panic Attack During A Ct Scan

A Patient Experienced Claustrophobia And Had A Panic Attack During A Ct Scan

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#14

The Corrosion On This Water Tap Looks Like A Map

The Corrosion On This Water Tap Looks Like A Map

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Julia Mckinney
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait, I think I live near there! How'd a map of my town end up on your faucet? Someone call the North American Cartographer Association and ask.

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#17

At First I Thought This Was Mosaic Tile, Until I Got Closer And Found It Has Been In The Sun Too Long

At First I Thought This Was Mosaic Tile, Until I Got Closer And Found It Has Been In The Sun Too Long

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#19

The Aftermath From A Tornado That Passed Through Mayfield Kentucky - On Display

The Aftermath From A Tornado That Passed Through Mayfield Kentucky - On Display

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Thegoodboi
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*wearing 3D glasses* It's almost like it's really happening!! Oh...

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#21

The Opening In This Wall Looks Like A Piece Of Art Hanging On It

The Opening In This Wall Looks Like A Piece Of Art Hanging On It

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#24

This Tree Stump Looks Like A Really Cool Skyline

This Tree Stump Looks Like A Really Cool Skyline

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#26

Oranges Photographed Through The Glass Panes Of A Greenhouse

Oranges Photographed Through The Glass Panes Of A Greenhouse

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#27

Icicle Shaped Like A Hummingbird

Icicle Shaped Like A Hummingbird

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#29

A Pen Exploded On Our Office Wall, So I Converted It Into A Modern Art Exhibit

A Pen Exploded On Our Office Wall, So I Converted It Into A Modern Art Exhibit

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#30

My Daughter Dumped Out Her Acrylics In The Sink

My Daughter Dumped Out Her Acrylics In The Sink

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#31

The Guy At Walmart Looked At Me Like I Was Weird For Taking A Picture Of My Paint Before He Could Mix It

The Guy At Walmart Looked At Me Like I Was Weird For Taking A Picture Of My Paint Before He Could Mix It

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#34

A Clock In A Server Room Where I Work Is Accidental Modern Art

A Clock In A Server Room Where I Work Is Accidental Modern Art

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Domi
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It reminds me of that image of a clock running out of space.

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#38

Work In A Paint Store, The Tint Came Out Looking Like A Volcano Erupting

Work In A Paint Store, The Tint Came Out Looking Like A Volcano Erupting

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#39

Spilled Flour On Black Countertop = Cosmic Event

Spilled Flour On Black Countertop = Cosmic Event

Electronic_Potato166 Report

#40

I Dropped Some Water, Opened The Table Extension To Dry And A City Landscape With Temples And Pinnacles Appeared

I Dropped Some Water, Opened The Table Extension To Dry And A City Landscape With Temples And Pinnacles Appeared

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#41

When You Fill The Soap With Remnants From Multiple Soap Bottles And Accidentally Make A Mana Potion

When You Fill The Soap With Remnants From Multiple Soap Bottles And Accidentally Make A Mana Potion

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#43

Paper Jammed In My Scanner And I Accidentally Created Abstract Art

Paper Jammed In My Scanner And I Accidentally Created Abstract Art

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#45

These Natural Art By Fungus On My Mom's Kitchen Cupboard Wall

These Natural Art By Fungus On My Mom's Kitchen Cupboard Wall

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#46

Accidental Art: Water, Chalk, LEGO Dried On A Table

Accidental Art: Water, Chalk, LEGO Dried On A Table

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#47

Accidentally Took A Photo With My Phone Inside My Pocket, Created A Wonderful Effect

Accidentally Took A Photo With My Phone Inside My Pocket, Created A Wonderful Effect

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#49

Our Campsite Matched Our Meal Cover Art

Our Campsite Matched Our Meal Cover Art

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#50

A Piece Of Art At The Office - Displays The Live Ticker Tape Headlines, Thrown Into The Trash

A Piece Of Art At The Office - Displays The Live Ticker Tape Headlines, Thrown Into The Trash

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#51

The Photo Taken Through My Bathroom Window Looks Like A Real Piece Of Art

The Photo Taken Through My Bathroom Window Looks Like A Real Piece Of Art

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#52

I Spilled Some Coffee In My Lunch Box And The Stain It Created On The Cover Of My Books Looks As If It Is Part Of The Cover Art.

I Spilled Some Coffee In My Lunch Box And The Stain It Created On The Cover Of My Books Looks As If It Is Part Of The Cover Art.

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#53

This Potato We Pulled From Our Garden Looks Like A Vegetable Art Piece

This Potato We Pulled From Our Garden Looks Like A Vegetable Art Piece

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fair_weather_rose
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see a person leaning on one arm and scratching the back of their neck with the other.

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#54

I Had Prepared A Few Agar Plates And Stored Them In A Poorly Sterilized Bag For A While. Now It Has Become Art

I Had Prepared A Few Agar Plates And Stored Them In A Poorly Sterilized Bag For A While. Now It Has Become Art

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#55

Coffee Stain Kitty

Coffee Stain Kitty

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Shyla Bouche
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you, thank you, I know I'm beautiful. If anyone else needs a model, I charge one mousie toy, two socks, and a can of tuna.

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#56

Enter The Quantum Realm (Jasmine Tea Left Overnight)

Enter The Quantum Realm (Jasmine Tea Left Overnight)

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#57

I Washed My Car And Was Treated To Some Interesting Patterns In The Frost The Next Morning

I Washed My Car And Was Treated To Some Interesting Patterns In The Frost The Next Morning

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#59

The Tube On My Expanding Foam Can Cracked, Resulting In This Mess. The Glove Is Irremovable

The Tube On My Expanding Foam Can Cracked, Resulting In This Mess. The Glove Is Irremovable

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#60

I Accidentally Painted A Silhouette Of A Forest In My Last Sip Of Coffee

I Accidentally Painted A Silhouette Of A Forest In My Last Sip Of Coffee

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#62

Accidental Art

Accidental Art

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Laura Williams
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A truck destroyed but from destruction come life of new art. Lol.

#65

The Way My Glass Door Shattered

The Way My Glass Door Shattered

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#66

My Coffee Break At San Francisco Moma Yesterday Turned Into Accidental Art

My Coffee Break At San Francisco Moma Yesterday Turned Into Accidental Art

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#69

Accidental Map On A Dish Soap Bottle In The Kitchen Of A Car Workshop

Accidental Map On A Dish Soap Bottle In The Kitchen Of A Car Workshop

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#71

I Cracked My Screen Protector And It Created A Beautiful Piece Of Landscape Art

I Cracked My Screen Protector And It Created A Beautiful Piece Of Landscape Art

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Sonja
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The beauty thing is, if it's just the screen protector they can carefully peel it off and put it on a bit of cardboard and keep it as a pretty picture

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#73

This Onion In My Taco Looks Like Digital Art

This Onion In My Taco Looks Like Digital Art

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#75

Dendritic Patterns In A Container After Removing A Block Of Frozen Blackberry Juice

Dendritic Patterns In A Container After Removing A Block Of Frozen Blackberry Juice

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#76

Accidental Dirt Art

Accidental Dirt Art

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#77

Left A Stick Of Glue In An Old Glass With Pencils, It Opened Over The Summer And Made Art

Left A Stick Of Glue In An Old Glass With Pencils, It Opened Over The Summer And Made Art

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#78

A Giant Poster Was Ripped Down At The Mall And Left This Behind

A Giant Poster Was Ripped Down At The Mall And Left This Behind

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#82

I Accidentally Spilled Some Gallium On A Pair Of Scissors And Made Modern Art

I Accidentally Spilled Some Gallium On A Pair Of Scissors And Made Modern Art

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#83

Took A Picture Of The Full Moon Out Of My Picture Window And Unwittingly Superimposed It Over The Mountain Painting Hanging On The Opposite Wall

Took A Picture Of The Full Moon Out Of My Picture Window And Unwittingly Superimposed It Over The Mountain Painting Hanging On The Opposite Wall

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#84

The Lidless Eye Of Sauron

The Lidless Eye Of Sauron

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#86

This Door Was Left In The Rain Before It Was To Be Installed

This Door Was Left In The Rain Before It Was To Be Installed

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Sonja
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my it's beautiful! I'd cover it with a thin veneer of resin and install it as is