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

Nathaniel Popkin is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including the forthcoming Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (Temple Press) and a novel, Lion and Leopard (The Head and the Hand Press). He is the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."



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