Google Uses Technology to Preserve Global Street Art


The Google Art Project expands its collection of Street Art imagery from around the world


 The Google Art Project is working to preserve Street Art and make it available to global fans, anywhere and anytime. The Street Art collection features high resolution images and online exhibitions from museums and organizations around the world. By bringing together a wide variety of global partners, the goal is that everyone can enjoy these artworks long after the paint has faded from the walls.


More than 50 new global partners have curated exhibitions and together provided more than 10,000 high resolution images, enabling street art fans to dive into the hidden details of paintings at the click of a mouse.


The Street Art collection first launched in June of 2014 with 30 global partners and has since doubled the number of images shared on the digital platform. The collection consists of high resolution images of street art from around the world as well as Street View panoramas of select murals. 


“When the street is your canvas, the world becomes a gallery for everyone to enjoy. Technology provides a way to preserve these ephemeral artworks and make them available anywhere and anytime. This digital collection of more than 10,000 images, 160 new exhibits and animated GIF-iti art from more than 30 countries around the world brings vibrant street art off the walls to computers, mobile phones and wearables with just an Internet connection.” Amit Sood, Head of the Google Art Project.


There are a number of ways to enjoy the collection from a range of devices. All of the images are now available on the new Google Art Project Chrome extension, Chromecast, Android Wear and mobile devices. TV screens can be turned into a vibrant backdrop and Street Art Watch Faces can be downloaded for Android Wear devices. On phones or tablets, users can browse through partners’ new apps to take a virtual tour or check out exhibits online.


Photo credit: Andre Niesing

About The Google Art Project: 

The Google Art Project is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it and preserve it for future generations.