With urban architectural surfaces an almost always available canvas for street art and graffiti art, new artwork can emerge quickly in response to current events, often as an expression of protest or as a way to communicate a message. It can creatively reflect the mood and sentiments of a society on the public landscape with an immediacy that’s rarely available in other artistic mediums or institutions like art galleries and museums. The Urban Art Mapping Research Project has been collecting images of street art inspired by the anti-racism and Black Lives Matter protests and the COVID-19 pandemic. (Examples in this post, above and below.) The project’s website amounts to an invaluable archive and database of images. Very cool stuff.