Art street online
Aiming to boost its cool cred, Google has added over 5,000 street art images to its online collection, doubling the number of high-res street art items in the Google Art Project. “Eighty-five art organisations from 34 countries are sharing pieces, ranging from Sweden’s most famous street festival, to water tanks wrapped with art among New York city’s rooftops, to the abandoned walls of Buenos Aires that are a source of inspiration for street artists from all over the world,” Google says.
The collection also includes animated ‘GIF-iti’ from artists such as INSA and Cheko who paint murals, film them, and re-paint them to create moving images.
All pieces are available via Chrome, Chromecast, Android Wear and Android mobile devices. Artworks can also be added to smartwatches via the new Street Art Watch Faces platform.
“So much goes into making a piece of street art,” Google says. “Yet its transient nature puts it at risk of being scrubbed out and lost forever. The Google Art Project allows these works of art to transcend the walls, be transported to your screen and live on.”