The Surprising World of Google Street View

February 21, 2012 |  by  |  Possible City  |  ,

Google Street View | Image: 9-eyes, Jon Rafman

Impressionist landscapes, dead bodies, blank faces, Greek gods, fires, wild animals, drug deals, arrests, motorcycle accidents, prostitutes, people giving the camera the finger, a man climbing out his second story window, a boy hiding, a fire hydrant bursting…artist Jon Rafman has been collecting the accidental art–much of it like opening a vein onto the global urban world–of Google Street View, through his project 9-eyes.

For a slide show of highlights, click HERE.

For the website, click HERE.

Apparently Rafman hasn’t found any sordid, or creepy, or wonderfully eerie Google Street View images from our gentle streets. Perhaps he hasn’t yet looked. Perhaps a curious reader might? Let us know what you stumble upon.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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