These Psychedelic, Geometric Landscapes Are Actually Google Earth Images

Posted On Mon, April 27, 2015 By

Posted On Mon, April 27, 2015 By In Art, maps

Let’s face it, Google Earth, while incredibly helpful, is not the most esthetically pleasing thing we’ve ever seen, which is why we were shocked to learn that these beautiful landscapes are actually satellite images from the site.

Argentinian artist Federico Winer‘s new series “Ultradistancia” features Google Earth shots from around the world that have been edited with different magnitudes, perspectives, colors, and luminosity. Winer feels that the resulting psychedelic and geometric landscapes are about “taking infinite tours over our planet from the marvelous screens of Google Earth to the encounter of geometries, shapes and topographies, natural and humans.”

Federico Winer, Ultradistancia, Google Earth

Federico Winer, Ultradistancia, Google Earth

The 40 kaleidoscope-like images in the series show both the natural and built environment, blurring the lines between technical maps and free-form art. Winer says, “We can see there the thin edge between the alteration of the landscape by the action of man and the very power of nature that leaves it negligible. What the human eye sees, from satellites and computers or from the lens of a camera, is always a way of seeing.”

Federico Winer, Ultradistancia, Google Earth

The Huffington Post described “Ultradistancia” as a “whimsical understanding of travel…[that turns] the world into a petri dish of colors and shapes that requires no migration at all.”

Federico Winer, Ultradistancia, Google Earth

Federico Winer, Ultradistancia, Google Earth

The cultural nature of the graphic series make sense, as Winer is also a political philosophy professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He told the Huffington Post about his recent work, “Basically, because we don’t know what is what it is, we only know what we see. And we call that ‘the world.'”

Federico Winer, Ultradistancia, Google Earth

See more beautiful works from “Ultradistancia” in our gallery below, or view the entire collection here.

[Via Arch Daily and Huffington Post]

All images © “Ultradistancia” by Federico Winer

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