Monday, March 7, 2011

Postcards from Google Earth

The surreal art of Clement Vala captured in screenshots straight from Google Earth. Zooming into Google Earth at just the right angle and it looks like these bridges are melting right into the world itself. Almost Salvador Dali-esque. Send a postcard.

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. However, I think these strange mappings of the 2-dimensional and the 3-dimensional provide us with fabulous forms that are purely the result of algorithmic processes and not of human aesthetic decision making. They are artifacts worth preserving.

Via Gizmodo.

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