google earth

google earth god view

In this representation the Seattle Central Library (or its construction site) can be observed from a top viewpoint, achieved by aerial imagery composed almost flawlessly from different sources via the Google Earth software. Complementary, this tool also engages with several different databases and creates a representation of the world enhanced by information and (in some places) by 3-D buildings. As Google Earth liberates the public from its customary street view and empowers it to explore landscapes and urban settlements alike from uncustomary viewpoints, several issues arise. First and foremost, privacy and publicity becomes a concern. In this specific top view it is possible to observe the connection between different sources, which seem to create a space of warped dimension, a space where the shifting form of the Seattle Central Library seems to belong. Paradoxically, in that specific image the site is still under construction and the sinuous shaped building is missing, being only present in the modified image where its 3-D avatar has been created, in the company of the surrounding straight buildings which visually correct the originally blurred z dimension. Visually, Google Earth allows users to see and float through space revealing different viewpoints to familiar and unfamiliar scenes, but also through time in their asynchronous updated image database.

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