Our city streets are the largest art gallery in the world, where many of today's best artists exhibit their work freely for the public to enjoy. But every day great pieces of art are defaced, cleaned away or battered by the elements. Global Street Art is building an amazing archive to record and catalogue this art so it can be enjoyed for many more years to come.
Dr. Lee Bofkin, the co-founder of Global Street Art, has spent most of the past few years documenting street art all over the world - his archive consists of over 60,000 photos from more than 20 countries. This incredible snapshot of contemporary street art will form the basis for the Global Street Art book.
As well as compiling a staggering archive of street art images, Lee has a PhD in evolutionary mathematics, so each photograph in the Global Street Art archive has been exhaustively classified by artist, technique, location, content (and more). The archive allows the Global Street Art book to examine key themes in street art across the world in a way that no other book has previously been able to explore.
Aside from demonstrating the skill, wit and brilliance of so many of the world’s best street artists, Global Street Art explains how street art (including graffiti) has developed to this level, interviewing some of the most important luminaries in the field from across the world, from artists and academics to festival organizers. Global Street Art goes on to discuss where the movement is heading and why we can expect our cities to be painted more in future.
Global Street Art is not only an amazing coffee table book, it is the seminal text that coincides with the advent of a new era of public art.
In addition to the interviews and articles, Lee also shares some of his best travel stories, from the SWAT teams in the favelas of Rio, to barking back at stray dogs in Lisbon and getting wet feet in the city rivers of Spain - all while trying not to get robbed or arrested.
GlobalStreetArt.com was offered more than one book deal this year and we chose Unbound. Only by working with Unbound do we have the luxury of speaking with our readers before the book is published. We want to have feedback from street art fans before the book comes out so we can make it the best possible street art book. We want the opportunity to hear readers’ opinions, to make sure we’ve credited the right artists and to make sure the most important topics have been covered.
The Global Street Art Walls Project
All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include the ebook and immediate access to the author's shed.
digital edition, access to the author's shed and your name in the back of the book