Street with a View: Art Meets Life in Google Street View

Street with a View: Art Meets Life in Google Street View

Sarah Coffey
Feb 9, 2009

Artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley teamed up with the team at Google to create the "first-ever artistic intervention in Google Street View." They choose a street on Pittsburgh's north side to create a narrative that follows a fictional day in the life on Samposia Way. From the artists: "Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more..."

The scene breakdown provides a play-by-play of the moments you'll see as you scroll along the street. To create the project, organizers staged the scenes while Street View technicians captured 360-degree photographs from a camera placed on top of a car. Those images were then integrated into the Street View map system.

Over 100 neighbors and city-dwellers participated in the cast and staging. For more information, check out the project page along with several videos that document the effort that went into this project.

Photos: Street with a View

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