#21: Dr Lee Bofkin | CEO & Co-Founder, Global Street Art

#21: Dr Lee Bofkin | CEO & Co-Founder, Global Street Art

One man’s mission to live in painted cities; how can street art transform both buildings and communities?

Holding a PhD in Evolutionary Mathematics from Cambridge, Lee was a former break-dancer with the Soul Mavericks Crew where he represented the UK and he has travelled the world extensively documenting street art world-wide.

In 2012, he co-founded Global Street Art with a mission to live in painted cities. This is achieved in three ways:

  1. Curating the world’s largest online street art platform with artists from over 100 countries and hundreds of thousands of photographs and over half a million followers on social media;

  2. Organising legal street art murals; having organised over 2,000 since 2012;

  3. Forming an agency that works on commercial projects.

In this podcast:

  • What is street art and how is it already shaping our cities?

  • What role does art have in helping to create vibrant communities?

  • How are brands helping to fund the growth of street art?

  • How does street art retain authenticity as it enters a new, “legal” era?

  • Is street art designed to challenge communities or represent them?

  • Can we measure the impact of street art on a location?

Lee’s favourite building is the Schindler House in West Holywood; an experiment in 1920’s social architecture and arguably an early forbear of the current trend of co-living. His hot pick for innovation in the sector is Gyana AI, focused on retail analytics.

The recommended addition to the Building Our Future reading list is:

You can find & follow Lee and Global Street Art on social media via Instagram or Twitter for further information.

#22: Fiona Fletcher-Smith | Group Director of Development & Sales, L&Q

#22: Fiona Fletcher-Smith | Group Director of Development & Sales, L&Q

#20: Antony Slumbers | Founder, AntonySlumbers.com

#20: Antony Slumbers | Founder, AntonySlumbers.com