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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Outside Lee’s Grilled Cheese restaurant a strange tiled figure appeared overnight. Similar figures have started popping up around north Fort Worth at businesses and even some parks.

“Think of it as a high-tech mosaic instead of pieces of broken glass its tiles and squares,” explained Lee Perez, the owner of Lee’s Grilled Cheese. “It’s kind of nostalgic to some people that grew up with Atari’s and Nintendo’s.”

Perez found the artwork a few weeks ago near the restaurants dumpster. The tiled artwork showcases gaming characters and at Lee’s it was a red, white and black Pokeball.

Perez wanted to know who was responsible — not to turn them in to police, but to hire them to do a giant mural on the side of the restaurant.

Tuesday afternoon he met the artists. The two Fort Worth friends didn’t want to show their faces on camera, but said they are proud of their work. “We like to see artwork everywhere we go,” said one of the artists. “We want others to think its cool too.”

The other artist told CBS 11 News they got the idea from someone else. “We just saw them and we were like we wanted to do that too because it’s cool.”

Besides the Pokeball they’re also responsible for a piece from the Legend of Zelda.

What could be considered vandalism to some is now art to Perez. “It makes the dumpster look prettier it’s not like its anything bad,” says Perez “So no its beauty is in the eye of the beholder we appreciate it.”

The two friends say they will keep putting up more of the characters around Fort Worth. For the next few weeks though their focus will be on the big mural for Lee’s Grilled Cheese.

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