Monday, April 08, 2013

Create Your Own Google Maps Persian Rugs

Artist David Thomas Smith has been getting a lot of press in the last week for his Anthropocene exhibition, currently showing at the Cooper House Gallery in Dublin.

Smith's work consists of a series of Google Maps satellite images cut up, copied and stitched together to create what many are describing as like Google Maps based Persian rugs. The images hosted on the gallery's website do look very impressive and if you are in Dublin you should definitely visit the exhibition.

However, if you can't get to Dublin, don't worry as you can recreate this effect in a matter of seconds with #rorschmap. #rorschmap uses the Google Maps API to create a kaleidoscope for any location on the Earth. Essentially the application displays the Google Maps satellite view of a location and, using the same principle of multiple reflection that you find in kaleidoscopes, creates an animated Rorschach test effect.

If that doesn't impress you then why not try #rorschmap Street View Edition. Just enter your address into the app and you can drop-down the rabbit-hole and create a kaleidoscope from the Street View of your own home!

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