Mural Locator is a site developed for viewers to easily find and locate murals around the world. Readers can submit murals that they see worthy of being shared. The collection of murals are documented and associated to their locations with online maps.
The guys at Mural Locator site themselves as specialists in the geo-locating and archiving of murals found within the public realm. Their great database of murals and locations apparently uses 'strategic customised mapping and archiving technology' that helps the individual in their quest to find and discover murals all over the world. A great prospect for those of us who want to spend time researching and finding unique works of art in slightly more avant garde places.
Another great side to Mural Locator is the way it uses social media to build relationships within the mural arts community, helping to promote events, the murals themselves, artists and organisations.
Generally speaking Mural Locator is a simple site to use and navigate. The various sections on offer including 'News', 'Murals' and 'Events', are self-explanatory, which obviously makes for a good user experience. However, I do feel the sections are organised in such a way that the user won't get the smoothest of journeys at the first point of call; the homepage. There just seems to be too many sections to choose from. A simple date ordered blog based homepage, listing all new postings as they appear would be more effective in my opinion.
I find the most interesting and useful page on offer is the 'Mural Map' page. Via Google maps, it shows a world map with pins representing all the locations of murals that have been entered onto the site. This is s great inclusion, especially for people planning to travel, who hope to seek out some of the beautiful and thought provoking murals from the site. It also gives one the option to add a new mural via a simple data capture.
l cant quite put my finger on it but there's something about the design and layout of Mural Locator that doesn't particularly grab me. Murals are often big, bold and bright statements that make a huge impact on the public and the people who come across them. I feel a site dedicated to such works of art should at least in some way get this feeling across via its aesthetics. Instead, the user is presented with a rather flimsy looking logo and a pretty dull surrounding area. I'll be the first one to sing from the rooftops that a site showcasing strong visual content, should never be so fussy that it conflicts with said content. However, in Mural Locators case, a good visual rethink would go a long way in bringing it inline with its exciting and beautiful plethora of postings.
Overall, I very much like Mural Locator and its vast library of content on offer. I've come across various sites showcasing urban street art etc but never have I come across one that's purely dedicated to murals, let alone on this level.
As someone who likes to travel and explore the world, I'm often on the lookout for interesting and unusual art locations to seek out. Thanks to the guys at the site, it allows me to embrace modern technology and see exactly what little treasures are available for me to peruse in any given area. Next time I'm working out a travel itinerary, I'll be sure to drop in on Mural Locator.