By far the most enjoyable part of our recent family trip to London was the afternoon my young son and I spent in Shoreditch, groping our way to No Brow, a comics shop I had noticed on an early morning stroll with our hostess. Our route was evidence that I had forgotten the coordinates, the street name, the name of the shop… Eventually, I realized we were lost, and that is where the real fun began, as we retraced our steps using street art as bread crumbs.
Ah right, there's that rooftop mushroom installation!
And there's that Stik figure…
After a while, a FedEx man took pity on us, ruining our fun by steering us toward the proper address..
I'm not sure I could ever duplicate our trail, but I enjoy trying with Google Street Art. Armchair travelers can use it to project themselves to the heart of ephemeral, possibly illegal exhibitions all over the globe,.
Bogotá... Paris... New York's legendary 5 Pointz, before the landlord clutched and whitewashed the entire thing in the dead of night. Each up close photo bears a highly informational caption, much more than you'd find in the street itself. Think of it as an after-the-fact digital museum. It's appropriate, given the ephemeral nature of the work. An online presence is its best shot at preservation.
Those of us with something to contribute can add to the record with a user gallery or by tagging our photos with #StreetArtist.
Enter Google Street Art here.