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This article was published on June 10, 2014


Google launches new project to preserve street art long after the paint has gone

Google launches new project to preserve street art long after the paint has gone Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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Google has launched a new hub focused on preserving street art which houses a permanent showcase of more than 5,000 different images of artworks from around the world.

The company says that by its very nature street art is transient, which means that if you miss it, you miss out. Now, however, the Google Art Project provides access to a some of these artworks online, so you don’t physically need to visit the locations in order not to miss your chance. But don’t worry, you won’t see badly scrawled tags all over the place.

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For launch, there are more than 5,000 images across 100 different exhibitions spread around the world. So, if you want to check out the supernatural symbolism from San Miguel, the stickers in France or the sculptures in London, you can now do so without getting out of your chair.

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On top of this, you can also now use Street View to explore inside buildings like the Paris 13 tower (which has since been destroyed) and inside exhibitions that are otherwise closed to the public, Google added.

➤ The world is a canvas: introducing the street art project

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