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Here's the Google Street View of the Sea

Artist Taylor Holland appropriates Google Earth images of oceans for his collection, Google SeaView.
November 26, 2014, 8:30pm

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Artists have used the endless generated content from Google Street View to create supersonic hyperlapses, spot anonymous gods and tell stories in panorama. For a series called Google SeaViewParis-based artist Taylor Holland dives into Google Earth to collect and appropriate the monochromatic ocean imagery created from satellite-based radar altimeter data.


The videos, set to loop, and “landscape portraits” of the water's surface and seabed in Google SeaView are reminiscent of abstract paintings. Holland explains in his project description that he aims to capture the "beauty of physical realities created from digital datasets which can only be viewed in a software environment, and expose the viewer to a part of our world more unknown to science than the surface of Mars." He believes that as our technologies evolve and these views are no longer available to online explorers, his work will become "digital archaeological relics."

Below, get lost in a selection of Holland's seascapes, and check out his full video and image galleries:





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