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ArtAround App Maps Out Public and Street Art in SF

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Nervous Bear mural at Haight and Laguna

This city's big on public art, but how many times have you wanted to know who's behind what you're seeing? ArtAround, a public art technology platform first launched in Washington, D.C., aims to help answer those questions. The app's founders are now working with the SF Arts Commission to launch its mapping service in San Francisco. They already have 800 pieces of art owned by the city mapped out with photos, and they're working on expanding their service to include all the other great street art like murals and graffiti that aren't owned by the city. So, you can finally figure out who made your favorite Mission mural that you walk past everyday. The goal of the platform is to allow art lovers to both discover and engage with the art they're seeing—from commenting on it to asking questions and mapping new art they've found around town.

Download the app, available for both iPhones and Droids, here.

Read about their Kickstarter campaign here.

And check out this fun video they've posted on YouTube about the mural at 22nd and Bartlett. They've interviewed the creative lead on the project, Ben Wood, about the significance of the mural (it's a recreation of a 200-year-old mural that is hidden from view in Mission Dolores Church).