In our digital age, people sometimes lose sight of the beauty surrounding them and rarely take time to discover uncharted territories. WanderArt is a new start up, based in San Francisco, that attempts to bridge the gap between technology and discovery. The start up aims to expose public art that often goes overlooked, making it accessible to everyone with a phone or computer. An accompanying app launched last month hosts a database of public art that the creator Lindsey Davis and developer Jack Humbert, have identified during walks throughout San Francisco.
The app also allows users to add public art that they've discovered and to add "reflections," about a certain art piece by checking in at the location of the work. Davis hopes that the app will reveal sculptures, murals and other street art excluding advertisements or graffiti. She says she thinks that WanderArt will connect users who have witnessed the same piece and will generate a conversation about art. In tech savy San Francisco, she noticed that there was not a digital community for art outside.
"It's not that I don't think that there's enough art," says Davis, "but people need to be able to find what's already there." WanderArt hopes to fill the digital void of a street art database and to inspire people to share and discover art together.