The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Street art is mutable by definition. But Google Street View, the archiver of all worldly street-borne phenomena from gentrification to wildlife, wants to change that with its Google Street Art Project—an archival website of the world's street art from Buenos Ares to Atlanta.

The project, which launched today on a stand-alone site affiliated with Google's Cultural Institute, has an admirably deep library of images already. You can browse 5,000 images from 1,698 artists, ranging from entirely legal city-condoned murals to under-the-cover-of-night-style operations in abandoned urban places.

While the project is just another example of Google's insatiable drive to document the world around us and put it online, there's also a brilliance to the concept. As street art has come out of the shadows and into galleries, its identity as an egalitarian art form that exists in public places has slowly disintegrated. With this project, Google is immortalizing these works in the places they're meant to be viewed—the neighborhood, not the gallery. [Google Street Art Project]

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Greg Mike, Atlanta, GA, 2011. Living Walls: The City Speaks.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Untitled by Etam Cru, Lodz, Poland, 2013. Image: Urban Forms Gallery.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

I believe in goats by INTI, Lodz, Poland, 2013. Image: Urban Forms Gallery.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Vhils mural, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2012. All City Canvas.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Transision by Proembrion, Lodz, Poland, 2013. Image: Urban Forms Gallery.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Untitled by Roa, Lodz, Poland, 2013. Image: Urban Forms Gallery.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

INTI's Mural by INTI, Atlanta, GA, 2013. Image: Living Walls: The City Speaks.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

O Lagarto da Penha by Leonor Brilha, Lisboa, Portugal, 2013.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Neuzz mural, Atlanta, GA, 2012. Image: Living Walls: The City Speaks.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Untitled by Dame, Buenos Aires, 2012.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Untitled murals by Charquipunk y La Robot de Madera, Buenos Aires, 2012.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Lek & Sowat, Mode 2, Futura 2000, Underground doesn't exist anymore, 2012. Photos by Nicolas Gzeley.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

ESCIF mural, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2012. All City Canvas.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Kofie mural, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2013. All City Canvas.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Untitled by GAIA y NANOOK, Buenos Aires, 2011. Estilo Libre.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Constitucion by Corona & Nanook, Buenos Aires, 2013. Image: graffitimundo.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Sloth in Villa Crespo by Roa, Buenos Aires, 2012.

The Coolest Paintings From Google's Project to Immortalize Street Art

Blu mural, Monserrat, Buenos Aires, 2011. Image: Buenos Aires Street Art.

Lead image: Nicolas Gzeley.