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Google Celebrates Army Anniversary With BTS Street View Tour


July 9 marks the ninth anniversary of the BTS army (specifically, the official announcement of his name). As Twitter celebrates the anniversary, Google has released a new Street View experience through its Arts & Culture platform in conjunction with the group. The BTS x Street Galleries offers viewers a virtual tour of the group’s favorite works.

Each member has curated a virtual gallery, with their selections placed in various public locations that will be highly recognizable to BTS fans. J-Hope decorated the United Nations General Assembly, where BTS gave a speech and shot a music video last year; RM guides fans through Seoul’s Namdaemun, where BTS performed for the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival.

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A screenshot from BTS x Street Galleries.  J-Hope's comment reads:

“Who am I to disagree?” -Jung Hoseok, 2022

Some BTS members are known art enthusiasts (including frontman RM, who recently spoke about his collection on the Art Basel podcast), but others haven’t yet been so public about their tastes. While there are minor issues here and there, the experience offers an interesting look at each member’s artistic interests mixed with a healthy dose of personality. V describes a photo of a rowboat as “my kind of jam”. “Everyone knows I’m handsome, just like that handsome Adonis,” Jin wrote of Antonio Corradini’s film. Adonis. “I love taking pictures of clouds because each cloud is completely different from the next,” Jungkook comments, which is the most Jungkook remark a person can make.

The Arts & Culture platform includes a number of online tours of famous galleries, as well as other tourist attractions, including the Alhambra and the Pyramids of Giza. As part of the “Experiments” section, where artists can try out more eclectic ideas, BTS x Street Galleries sounds like an interesting view – and potential conversation starter – for the role of art in public space.