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Geography of Street Art

“. . . [A]rt is created as much in place as in time . . .” [1]

Street art is shaped by geography.

Street Art can powerfully redefine and remake local geographies.

Because street art is deeply embedded in place, its creation and interpretation are influenced by the landscape surrounding it. To deepen our understanding of (and appreciation for) street art, we analyze the relationship between art and place to see how location interacts with the tone, content, and character of street art.

Street art can respond immediately to local events and community concerns. It can challenge local narratives, spotlight underrepresented voices and advocate for change. The best street art reimagines and remakes the street it inhabits.

Virtual Presentation: Analyzing the Geography of Street Art

Lorah, Paul, Heather Shirey, and Todd Lawrence. 2023. Analyzing the geography of street art. Virtual Presentation: goINDIGO

International Graffiti Symposium.  June 14-16. Vienna, Austria.

Lightning Talk: Mapping Resistance: Analyzing the Geography of Urban Art in the Twin Cities Using Crowdsourced Data

Lorah, Paul, Heather Shirey and Todd Lawrence. 2021. Analyzing the geography of urban art in the Twin Cities using crowdsourced data. Virtual Presentation: The American Geographical Society - Geography 2050: Towards a More Equitable Future, Nov. 15-19, Washington, D.C..

For GIS Users:

Researchers and teachers can access spatial data from the George Floyd and Anti Racist Street Art Archive Via this ESRI Project Package (requires ArcGIS Pro License).

Please cite as: 
Lorah, Paul. 2021. Mapping George Floyd and Anti-Racist Street Art. ESRI GIS Project Package. Downloaded at:
[1] Larry Silver, quoted in: Sebastián Lozano, Jorge. 2021. "Mapping Art History in the Digital Era." The Art Bulletin 103 (3): Page 6.
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