postcards from google earth by clement valla postcards from google earth by clement valla
mar 19, 2013

postcards from google earth by clement valla

‘postcards from google earth’ by clement valla, 2011-2013

image © clement valla



brooklyn-based artist clement valla, scours the algorithmic confines of google earth in search ruptures of the archive’s ‘universal texture’, the mapping method by which google generates models of the planet’s surfaces. the three dimensional model, however, is characterized by a fluidity generated by two dimensional parameters. when texture coincides with picture plane and is subsequently stretched across 3d space, there are often seams at which the hyper-real representation betrays the dynamic data points that make up the map. valla collects these incongruous seams and exposes the points where perception confronts reality.


more ‘postcards’ can be found here.



millau, france

image © clement valla



los angeles, california

image © clement valla



rome, italy

image © clement valla



deception pass, washington, usa

image © clement valla



powell, montana

image © clement valla



valley pass

image © clement valla




image © clement valla



los angeles, california

image © clement valla



catskills,new york, usa

image © clement valla

  • So he found Google Earth mistakes?

    ernest says:
  • The Powell one is Lake Powell, Az- Rainbow Bridge.

    Julie says:
  • So ernest wrote a comment? The world is not always what it looks like. I think it looks great for a change. Learning to understand is possible, getting older helps.

    Robin says:
  • The Earths surface area is 510 MILLION square kilometers, So what if Google makes a few documentation errors?
    Google’s technology is always improving and is THE best mapping data available to the public for free.

    In my view this artist is not creating art

    JP says:
  • But he is showing me something I have never seen before. That makes me smirk or wink or chuckle or wonder and then extrapolate and …

    Connie says:
  • art…..?! in a sense but does that sense matter??… not so much.

    Amin says:
  • It looks to me like they are trying to make the enemy believe there are no bridges at those locations. I mean, look how important they were in ‘Saving Private Ryan’.

    Kenroxx says:

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