Paint the Town
The app for discovering NYC street art
One of the many beautiful things about living in NYC is that some of our most inspiring art isn’t confined to a gallery. The only problem: When it comes to graffiti art, we never know what, exactly, we’re looking at.
Street Art NYC is out to change that.
It’s an easy-to-use app ($3) that geo-targets much of the outdoor works around the city. So the next time you come across a killer mural, fire up the app’s interactive map. Zoom in on your location and tap on the coordinating pin. An image of the work will pop up, taking you to the artist’s bio and photos of other pieces. (Apparently, Roa’s black-and-white rats and squirrels are found all over the world.)
If you’re actively seeking a piece (say, Shepard Fairey’s “OBEY” insignia), you can also search by artist to find that particular work’s location. Or if you’d just like to stay current on the scene, scroll through the frequently updated blog to see new pieces on popular canvases (like the Bowery Mural) and original interviews with artists (like Yoon Hyup, who recently adorned the Rag & Bone Nolita wall).
Your move, MoMA.