Back in the day BigArtMob was originally a cultural project backed by UK broadcaster Channel 4, but now it’s being re-animated as a full-blown startup. It’s starting from an interesting – shall we say – position. It allows people to upload and tag ‘public art’ to a map, which, in simple terms, can be everything from street graffiti to an outdoor sculpture by an established artist. They make no differentiation between ‘Institutional art’, Street Art, temporary art or graffiti (that’s the interesting bit, given that not all graffiti is very artistic). But if you think it’s art and it’s on the street or out there in the wild backwoods, they plan to map it and create a community around it.
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