Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tagging Art on Google Maps


We have Google Maps mash-ups that geo-tag photos, videos and web-cams so why not one that tags oil paintings? That's what a collective of Spanish artists thought - so they built Paintmap.

This is their mission statement:

"Paintmap is a geolocation-oriented painting sharing website with the following goals: on one hand, it allows painters all around the World to locate physically the subject painted by others and learn about the artistic activity at a given area. On the other hand, Paintmap allows Google Maps users to complement the physical and photographic knowledge of a given area with the artistic descriptions provided by users. Last but not least, Paintmap will contribute to the capture of our nature and human heritage through the artistic work of users as a record for future generations."

In essence Paintmap allows any artist to showcase their work on a Google Map and provides the rest of us with another, aesthetically pleasing way, to explore the world via Google Maps.


Another Google Map trying to geo-tag the visual arts is StreetArtLocator. StreetArtLocator is a user contributed map of street art.

The user contributed examples are colour coded on the map under a number of different categories;
graffiti, gallery, painting, stickers, stencil, sculpture and installation.

When you click on a tag an information window opens with a photo of the tagged art work.

For helping me discover where this Banksy (on the right) is located this map will remain one of my favourites for a very long time.

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