Five years after Boa Mistura’s first project in Vila Brasilândia, the art collective returned to the São Paulo favela to bring some poesía y mágica to the alleyways.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new policy known as Open Access, making 375,000 images of artworks freely available for unrestricted use (including commercial) in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.
The museum’s director and CEO, Thomas Campbell, said in a statement:
“We have been working toward the goal of sharing our images with the public for a number of years. Our comprehensive and diverse museum collection spans 5,000 years of world culture and our core mission is to be open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in our care.”
Any image in The Met collection that has a “public domain” tag directly beneath can be downloaded and used as you see fit.
I particularly like these from Swiss-German artist Paul Klee (1879-1940).
Paul Klee, Three Houses, 1922.
Paul Klee, Movement of Vaulted Chambers, 1915.
Paul Klee, The Firmament Above the Temple, 1922.
Paul Klee, Colorful Architecture, 1917.
Open Access follows a similar policy last year by the New York Public Library where 180,000 images were made free to download and reuse.
One of those things that’s pretty great about the Internet.
Sam Bates, aka Smug, is an Australian street artist in Glasgow. Here’s one of his latest pieces on the High Street.
Glasgow High Street, photo by Corrie Martin
It took about a week to paint, though still needs a few finishing touches to the hand. As far as I’m aware it depicts Mungo in modern-day clothes. Mungo is Glasgow’s patron saint, born in the 6th century. The story goes that when he was young, some boys from his village started throwing stones at robins that were pecking on the ground for scraps.
“One bird was hit and fell to the ground. The boys ran away. Mungo ran, too, but he ran to the fallen bird. Picking it up he smoothed and caressed its feathers and prayed over it. After a little while it revived and flew away. Perhaps it was only stunned. The villagers called it a miracle and so it was that a small boy should want to help a fallen bird in trouble.”
Quoted from The Beloved St. Mungo (1989).
I’d much rather see that on gable ends around these parts. Via Lee Vickers.
Update: Photo of the finished piece over on Colossal.