St. Petersburg art group "Yav" presented in its public a series of street art "Genesis". Without leaving home, the artists created nine street art works that exist only virtually. You can see them using Google maps through street browsing or walking along a specially created virtual route. Thus, the artists encouraged everyone to stay at home and walk on Google maps.
In their appeal to compatriots, the artists write:
“...If you are young and healthy and do not believe in a tragic outcome during infection, then think about the fact that you and all your loved ones will be sent to a home crate at best, at worst sent to a hospital where it’s not very pleasant to be and you can infect doctors. Other people may die because of your desire to go to a secret party, or to go on a picnic with friends.
We all really want to walk, but to be alive and healthy is always better than vice versa. Walk on the virtual world in google maps. Take walks with street and panorama views. You can’t see our new works in reality, they exist only in the virtual space of Google maps and Google Earth.
Because of the coronavirus, the physical world has now shrunk to individual states and apartment walls. We decided to experiment and temporarily squeezed our spiritual world as well with mental cultural boundaries, turning in our works to paintings by Russian and Soviet artists. Our project is a rethinking of nine works in the modern realities of both coronavirus and technological progress.
How to watch VR street art: the links to each work are listed above, and we also made an interactive route (attention, it opens only on a PC).
PS. To create this project, we didn’t take to the streets on purpose, all panoramas were taken by us and our acquaintances during campaigns for groceries, for work or for garbage removal...”