URBAN ART MAPPING is a multi-disciplinary research team dedicated to documenting and analyzing street art. Artists and writers producing work in the streets – including tags, graffiti, murals, stickers, and other installations on walls, pavement, and signs – are in a unique position to respond quickly and effectively in a moment of crisis. Street art’s ephemeral nature serves to reveal very immediate and sometimes fleeting responses, often in a manner that can be raw and direct. At the same time, in the context of a crisis, street art also has the potential to transform urban space and foster a sustained political dialogue, reaching a wide audience and making change possible.

The Urban Art Mapping Covid 19 Street Art database seeks to document street art from around created in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

HOW TO USE THIS DATABASE: Choose “browse collections” to explore organized around several prevalent themes. Click on "browse map" to find images based on location, explore "browse tags," or identify images based on key words.

USE OF IMAGES: This archive is a repository for images made available for research and education. Commercial use of the images and data is prohibited. Whenever possible, the artists and photographers are identified. Please contact us with questions, concerns, or collaboration. 

Recently Added Items

Fanculo il Green Pass (Fuck the Green Pass)


Tag on the side of a building on a busy road in Rome protesting the European vaccine card. Translates to fuck the green pass.

200,000+ Covid Deaths

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"200,000+ Covid Deaths" is spray-painted in red next to a wheatpasting of Donald Trump that reads "It Is What It Is."

Surf's Up And So Is Covid

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"Surfs Up! And So Is Covid" is written next to a blue wave with a sunset.