May 19, 2015

Jenny Odell: Digital Collage with Google Maps

jenny odell digital collage with google mapsThese images have been making their way around the internets for a while, but I still really like them and wanted to share! Jenny Odell uses primarily google maps to create collages of imagery. It could be anything from sports stadiums to salt ponds, even swimming pools (pictured below). These collages remind me of a certain crazy sculpture professor I had in college. He had a ridiculous Louisiana Creole accent and used bizarre catchphrases like “makes me wanna slap my mama,” but when it came to sculpture, the man knew his stuff. He suggested that when it came to sculptural pieces featuring repetition, you should just keep going until several people told you that you were crazy. In his opinion, the part that makes it so amazing is the scope, volume, and how it all fits together. I think that same idea applies here. Click through to see more examples of Jenny’s work!

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Image descriptions from top to bottom: 206 circular farms, 125 swimming pools, 144 empty parking lots, 77 waste and salt ponds, and last but not least 1,378 grain silos, water towers and other cylindrical-industrial buildings.

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