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Google Cultural Institute database wants to give street art permanence

Google Cultural Institute database wants to give street art permanence

L.A. artist Kent Twitchell labored over his mural "Ed Ruscha Monument," a six-story-high ode to the contemporary artist, for years — from 1978 to 1987. It presided over Hill Street near Olympic Boulevard in downtown L.A. for almost two decades until the federal government, which was rehabbing the building, painted over the artwork. The wall is now bare, a swath of clean white. A new worldwide database of public art aims to preserve — if only in digital form — street art, a medium that is often political, sometimes renegade and, perhaps most important, frequently fleeting. These are artworks that may get tagged by graffiti or fall into decay because of weather...

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