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Surrealist Postcards From Google Earth

Surrealist Postcards From Google Earth
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Who knew Google was hiding art within Google Earth? Artist Clement Valla zoomed in and discovered some amazingly unusual images.

Kyana Gordon
  • 8 march 2011

Artist Clement Valla takes screenshots of distorted bridges in Google Earth and collects them as part of his series Postcards from Google Earth. Since Google is constantly updating its software and product offerings, surely this representation will soon disappear. These surrealist images reveal the Salvador Dalí touch hidden within Google Earth as bridges droop, roads look suspended and the entire 3D world looks as if it’s melting right before your eyes. 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. 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.”

Clement Valla

[via Ignant]

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