Google map graffiti art may be the ultimate street art on a huge virtual canvas.
May 12, 2015
Google maps cover the earth and could be called the largest virtual "canvas" on the planet, with access to a huge potential audience. New drawings with messages have been popping up. Again, it challenges the edge between the role of the artist, protester, and vandal.
(The Independent) Google’s user-generated mapping data is a large part of what has made it so successful and well-used. Since users can add new businesses and plans as soon as they are found, the maps are kept up to date quicker than those generated by internal teams.
But the edits seemed to have been made in protest at Google's policy for edits to its maps. Another huge edit to the east of the Pakistani site of the urinating Android explicitly called out the company's policy for reviewing updates.