Artist Creates A Real Where's Waldo Adventure For Online Satellite Imagery
from the good-luck-finding-him dept
A few years back, a bunch of publications ran misleading stories claiming that the department store Target was trying to make use of tools like Google Maps/Google Earth that used satellite imagery to advertise on their rooftops. That wasn’t the case at all. The image of a Target rooftop in question was near an airport, and there are a number of stores that have painted large advertisements on their rooftops for passengers in landing airplanes to spot. However, the concept has inspired some artistic thinking. Reader Joseph B writes in to tell us about how one artist has now purposely hidden a rather large image of Waldo of “Where’s Waldo” fame on an unidentified rooftop in Vancouver. The real trick, though, is figuring out not just where this Waldo is, but when he’ll actually show up in Google Earth. Of course, this whole thing has ticked off folks who are upset with the suggestion that it’s somehow Google taking all of these satellite photos (no, Google doesn’t own a satellite… yet), rather than 3rd parties who license the photos to a bunch of companies. In the meantime, while this is a bit silly, it’s kind of cool to see people thinking about different ways to create artwork, display it and interact with it, thanks to new technologies like Google Earth.