Art & Design

The Surprising World of Google Street View

February 21, 2012 | by Nathaniel Popkin

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.

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About the Author

Nathaniel Popkin Nathaniel Popkin is co-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."

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