Google Maps as Persian Rugs

Dublin-based artist David Thomas Smith has taken to Google Maps for his latest project, Anthropocene. Taking cues from patterns used by Persian rug-makers, Smith composed these images using thousands of tinier images screengrabbed out of Google Maps.

From the exhibit:

“Anthropocene itself reflects upon the complex structures that make up the centres of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information and excess. Thousands of seemingly insignificant coded pieces of information are sown together like knots in a rug to reveal a grander spectacle.”

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Why I’m Curious?

I thought these images were really cool…and yet another example of what can be done when existing technology is used imaginatively.


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