Big Art Mob
“The Big Art Mob already has over 12,000 pieces of street and public art mapped, and we’re looking for enthusiastic photographers of art found on our streets to get involved. ” We are so excited at Dramatic Need - an app highlighting public street art, which will undoubtedly push to serve what is defined as “public art”. Good Magazine tells us:
The Big Art Mob app and accompanying website aim to expand awareness and appreciation of public art by inciting users to upload pictures of it in all forms—graffiti, tagging, public art, and institutional art. These images are then integrated into a user friendly map and a unique bank of well-categorized metadata…
While the app and website are designed for international use, the rich tradition and appreciation of street art in London makes it a fitting birthplace. Some local councils in the UK, particularly those in the capital, are taking a progressive stance when it comes to street art clean-up, such as only removing a work deemed offensive. Dennen hopes that a wide user base of his app will serve as proof for why local governments should invest in, rather than shun, art in the public realm.
“We have a global treasure in public art,” said Dennen. “Part of that is the ephemerality of street art and graffiti and we should capture that because we can, because now is the digitized future. We have a responsibility to do that.”