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Artist Uses Google Maps To Illustrate Human’s Impact On The Planet [Pics]

Artist Uses Google Maps To Illustrate Human’s Impact On The Planet [Pics]

Photographic artist David Thomas Smith's latest work examines how our actions have changed our environment.

Daniela Walker

When you look at David Thomas Smith’s series of photographs, Anthropocene, it is not entirely clear what you are looking at. The images look like digitally rendered Persian rugs, but it is only when you step closer that you realize that the pattern is made up from thousands and thousands of aerial images of the planet Earth.


Smith used thumbnails of screenshots from Google Maps and then manipulated them in Photoshop to create intricate patterns that appear to be woven together. Inspired by the story-telling nature of Persian rugs and Afghani weavers who embed their experiences into the carpets, Smith wanted to tell the story of how humans’ actions and progress have changed the planet’s landscape. The level of development and lack of nature is starkly represented in the series and Smith’s images are a beautiful rendering of our giant collective footprint on Mother Nature.

Click through the gallery below to see the series:

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