Thursday, 3 March, 2011
Google Earth Images Actually Make for Great Surrealist Art
Who knew Google was hiding an artistic touch in Google Earth? Clement Valla, an artist, fiddled with Google Earth and found some amazingly surrealist images. Turns out, when you zoom in at just the right angle, bridges droop dramatically, 2D roads look pasted on in a 3D world and the entire world looks like it's melting.
Here's what Valla says about the pictures:
"The images are screenshots from Google Earth with basic color adjustments and cropping. I am collecting these new typologies as a means of conservation - as Google Earth improves its 3D models, its terrain, and its satellite imagery, these strange, surrealist depictions of our built environment and its relation to the natural landscape will disappear in favor of better illusionistic imagery.
Valla wants to preserve these images so that we remember how awkward technology and reality once co-existed. I just love 'em cause they're funny lookin'.
I love how the bridge disappears and then pops back up again.
Bridges really get twisted in Valla's collection.
This would make for a great roller coaster, actually.