Free Art In Your Fa­vorite Cities

Beau­ti­ful City is a guided online tour of graf­fit, find out how to lo­cate unique mu­rals any­where in the world, in­clud­ing in Playa, Can­cun, Tu­lum and Cozumel

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Art & Culture - NASH

Once con­sid­ered van­dal­ism of public prop­erty and a way for gangs to mark their ter­ri­tory, graf­fiti art has evolved into a re­spected art form. No longer only for the rebels to ex­press them­selves, graf­fiti is a rad­i­cal form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ei­ther to rep­re­sent the frus­tra­tions of life, gov­ern­ment and re­li­gion or of self-ex­pres­sion. Although graf­fiti is still illegal in some ar­eas and con­sid­ered a crim­i­nal of­fence, it is now show­ing up in some of the world’s best art mu­se­ums. Cities around the world proudly dis­play their graf­fiti, also known as “street art”, by selling tours to the dif­fer­ent art dis­plays.

Data sci­en­tist Alex Smolyan­skaya of Stitch Fix has cre­ated a tool to lo­cate street art in any town in the world. When Alex was as­signed to cre­ate a non-aca­demic study, she wanted to build some­thing that would solve a prob­lem, while en­sur­ing it was glob­ally in­ter­est­ing and a lit­tle off­beat. She writes, “This led me to a prob­lem I have en­coun­tered while trav­el­ing: find­ing new and pop­u­lar street art that had not yet been taken down by author­i­ties.”

Ac­cord­ing to her web­site, Alex once paid for a tour in Mel­bourne to visit street art lo­ca­tions, and thought street art should be free to view. She states, although there are blogs and web­sites to find street art, many are out of date and take too long to re­search.

In­stead of pay­ing for guided tours on your sight­see­ing mis­sion, Alex cre­ated an app that al­lows you to search for street art. Now, you just en­ter the town in the search box and a map will ap­pear with lo­ca­tions of street art.

This app works in cities around the world by sourc­ing In­sta­gram data with the hash­tag #stree­tart.The clus­ters of art are ranked by the av­er­age of likes per post.

From the hash­tag hits, Alex cre­ated dis­play maps of re­cent street art in any town. The maps dis­play three dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria. The map will show the lo­ca­tion of the art, they will also be grouped into clus­ters if there are dense amounts of art­works to view in that par­tic­u­lar area, and each clus­ter will be ranked by pop­u­lar­ity in the case that there may have re­cent im­pres­sive works. There are word clouds gen­er­ated for each clus­ter show­ing the most fre­quently used words that de­scribe the art that is there and any artist names that peo­ple may have men­tioned.

Check out her site and view the street art we have in Can­cun, Playa del Car­men, Cozumel and Tu­lum at www.beau­ti­ful­city.me.

“So find some­thing you love, even if it’s a lit­tle quirky, and go make it awe­some!” Alex Smolyan­skaya cre­ater of beau­ti­ful­city.me

Street art in Playa del Car­men

/ Photos: The Playa Times

Street art in Playa del Car­men.

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