Google's Global Art Project Expands With 2,000 More Artworks
Now users can view more than 30,000 beautiful and creative works of art in 200 museums across 40 countries, all from a Web browser.Google is now displaying another 2,000 works of art in its growing and evolving Google Art Project, a Website that displays amazing and hard-to-find sculptures, paintings, drawings and even folk and street art from around the world. The additional artworks come to the collection courtesy of another 30 art museums that are joining the online project, Shahina Rahman, a Google Art Project staffer, wrote in a March 21 post on Google Official Blog. "There are few places (if any) in the world where you could find urban art, zoomorphic whistles and Hungarian poetry in a single place—except, of course, on the Internet," wrote Rahman. "Today 30 new partners are joining the Google Art Project, contributing nearly 2,000 diverse works, including contemporary art from Latin America, ancient art from China, rare Japanese paintings and Palaeolithic flint heads from Spain." The Google Art Project began in February 2011 by a group of Google employees who came up with the idea of creating an online collection of art from around the world. The project was designed during their "20 percent time," which is set aside for employees to work on personal projects that advance the company's work and missions using as much as 20 percent of their work week. The employers built the project using Google's Street View, Picasa and App Engine technology to take pictures of art works and assemble them on this special Website.
"One highlight of the new collection is a project to capture the growing trend of urban art and graffiti in Brazil," Rahman wrote. "More than 100 works from walls, doors and galleries in Sao Paulo have been photographed and will be included in the Art Project. The pieces were chosen by a group of journalists, artists and graffiti experts and include artists such as Speto, Kobra and Space Invader, as well as images of Sao Paulo's most famous building-size murals."