Scholars debate the specific definition of “street art”, yet generally agree that it encompasses ephemeral works in public spaces that are typically unsanctioned by property owners or legal authorities.  

Encounters with street art are free, accessible, unmediated by formal interpretation, and often unexpected. The communication between the subversive artist or graffiti writer and the unsuspecting passerby is direct and immediate. 

It is no surprise, therefore, that much street art is activist art that seeks to raise public awareness, confront systemic problems, provoke political dialogue, and promote social change.  

Among the many issues that have been addressed by street artists is the unprecedented negative impact humans are having on the ecological systems that provide life support to us and all other species with whom we share the planet.  

The Eco-Street Art Database seeks to document examples of global street art that addresses multiple facets of the ecological crisis. 

 This database documents street art that references, whether directly or indirectly, climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, waste, environmental injustice, and more.  

The database also includes hopeful artistic visions of regeneration and sustainability. 

The Eco-Street Art Database is currently curated and maintained by the Urban Art Mapping Project at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota 

If you have any questions, comments, or more information about work in the database, please contact us at: 

All image reproduction rights remain with the artist/image producer. Metadata is available for research use. 

Creators: This site was created and launched On Earth Day 2021 (April 22) by Dr. Britain Scott in conjunction with the interdisciplinary Urban Art Mapping Research Project at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN, USA (Dr. Heather Shirey, Dr. David Todd Lawrence, and Dr. Paul Lorah).