Atlas Obscura: Welcome to the Spanish Village Saved by Art—And Nearly Destroyed by Fire. “There was the table-sized mosaic lizard scurrying across the wall near the village church; the three white skeletons lazing on a rooftop; the lamp post, whimsically canted because its base rests on an orange; and the giant pencil drawing a line down the side of a village house. Genalguacil, once a dying rural village, had been reborn in the 21st century as an enchanting open-air gallery of fantastical and surreal public art. Now, as the destructive and deadly fire loomed, so did the question: How to safeguard the art of a town’s museum when the town is the museum?”
City of Phoenix, Arizona: New Online Art Map Now Available. “The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s new online Public Art Map is up and ready for self-guided tours. It features more than 200 major public art projects created throughout Phoenix by the city’s award-winning Public Art Program.”
Spot the historical photos: Summerland historical photos decorate electrical boxes around town (Castanet)
Castanet: Spot the historical photos: Summerland historical photos decorate electrical boxes around town. “The Summerland Museum & Archives Society and the District of Summerland teamed up to decorate electrical boxes around town with photos from the Museum’s collection.” This is cool!
WBNS: Online database connects public with artwork around Columbus. “On the site, users can search by category (mural, sculpture, fountain), attribute (free parking, indoors, ADA accessible) or by location via an interactive map. Each entry includes a picture of the public artwork, information about it and the location.”
Business Wire: Wescover and Google Lens Change the Way We Discover Art & Designs (PRESS RELEASE). “Wescover has curated an initial map of art pieces throughout San Francisco that you can look up using Google Lens. When you spot a piece on the map, simply launch Lens, point your camera at it, and you’ll get an exact match of the original artwork––see a video of it being used here. Whether you’re curious about the colorful mural at Craftsman and Wolves coffee shop or you want to buy the same geometric wall hanging that’s at Mister Jiu’s restaurant, Wescover shows you who made what and how to connect with the creator of the piece.” More content will be added over time.
A new site is devoted to murals and muralists in Canada. “The site includes a continually growing mural map of Canada, a directory of member artists and educational resources. The project was funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant made in late 2015.”