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
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 She states, although there are blogs and websites to find street art, many are out of date and take too long to research.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.