Art adorns the boarded-up Bijou Lounge in Austin, Texas, on March 24. Bar owners on the street commissioned graffiti artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery to provide an uplifting message amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Boarded-up businesses have become brilliant works of art

Updated 10:22 AM ET, Mon April 6, 2020

Art adorns the boarded-up Bijou Lounge in Austin, Texas, on March 24. Bar owners on the street commissioned graffiti artists from the HOPE Outdoor Gallery to provide an uplifting message amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jay Jenner/Austin American-Statesman/USA Today/Reuters

Many businesses are shutting up shop because of the coronavirus.

But thanks to artists around the world, some boarded-up windows don't look so sad anymore.

From inspirational messages of hope to simple notes of appreciation, here are some of the colorful creations that caught our eye.