Have you heard of the Google Cultural Institute? Neither had this particular blogger until recently, but trust me – it’s addicting. If you haven’t clicked on that link yet, I must warn you. It’s VERY addictive. As Complex.com puts it, it is “one of the coolest art initiatives online that you probably aren’t taking advantage of.”
But what is it? According to the site, “the Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.” Just like video killed the radio star and Netflix killed the video store (pun thoroughly intentional), Google may kill the art museum! OK, they probably won’t (what kind of world would that be??), but we LOVE that Google is choosing to dedicate itself to preserving art and promoting art education! The digitalization also allows anyone with an internet connection to see incredible artworks, giving this art a bigger audience than ever before.
So what is Project Street Art? Glad you asked! I’m sure you know what street art is: the impressive murals and graffiti often painted onto sides of buildings, along overpasses, or on alleyway walls that is created by artists for the public to enjoy. Of course, given its outdoor nature, street art is very temporary, often existing only for a short time in a certain space. Until now, there has never been a great way to preserve this art. Google is trying to change that, with the launch of Project Street Art, which documents street art around the nation.
Seriously, it’s the coolest thing ever, and you’ll be absolutely floored by the talent of these often little-known artists from places like Texas, New York, Argentina, the Philippines, and more. The site also includes other types of exhibits, including world wonders and women in culture. And chances are, you’ll lose all track of time and waste your weekend away. That’s what I plan on doing. Anyway, you’re welcome.
The Cultural Institute also features several artists in the Art Docent Program, including Cassat, Gauguin, Brueghel the Younger, and more!
Lastly, if this has piqued your curiosity about street art, I highly recommend watching Exit Through the Gift Shop, a great documentary about Banksy, one of the most famous graffiti artists.