The aesthetic of urban life is, more often than not, based in simplicity and utility – which is good and well for keeping things humming, but not exactly inspiring from a visual perspective. Tom Bob (whom we first read about at Bored Panda) is trying to change that. The NYC-based street artist’s M.O. is simple: he notices the objects that have faded into the background for the rest of us – meters, drains, manholes, etc. – and turns them into charming works of art. He posts his before and after pictures on Instagram, so we picked out a few of our faves.