Every week I check a bookmarked Flickr search for street art Chicago. Even though I try to make the search exclude graffiti, I still end up with mostly graffiti images. Every now and then there might be something remotely interesting in the results.
Then today I figured why not change the search term from “street art Chicago” to “found art Chicago“. OH WOW. The results are SO much better! Below is a sampling of some of the images I faved from this improved search.
Gotta love a Paul Bunyan in cross-stitch. A fun page border from a 1913 book. The internetarchivebookimages has a TON of images online. While they are really cool, at one point they dominated my search results. I had to add -bhl to my search term to remove these images from my results.
A collection of doorknobs and door plates from a 1905 book. They way they are positioned makes them look they are some sort of magical creatures from Beauty and the Beast. A dude who looks like the Ferdinand Hodler painting, “James Vibert, Sculptor” at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Placed art is much more interesting than the graffiti art posted on Flickr. The wide variety of photos, plus the ability to do a simple search also shows just how much better Flickr is than Instagram. There is no way possible to be able to do an in-depth search like this on Instagram. People, please start using Flickr again.
Placed art is better than street art. Flickr is better than Instagram.