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December 20, 2008

Pranking Google Street View

Image of a giant chicken from streetwithaview.com

For more than a year Google has been photographing streets all across America and making the panaromas of the photos available on their maps as a feature called Google Street View.

To gather the photos, Google has a fleet of vehicles equipped with a ring of cameras that slowly drives the streets of urban areas.

As the Google cameras snap away, they occasionally capture random little slices of life... people bent over, someone caught jumping over a puddle, odd looking vehicles going past, all sorts of stuff.

But what if you knew exactly when the Google Street View vehicle was going to come down your street? And you got ready for it, lining the street with more weird and wonderful scenes than a Where's Waldo book?

That was the idea behind the Street With A View Project. Artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley filed a tiny street in Pittsburgh called Sampsonia Way with a marching band, sword fighters, marathon runners, people escaping from upper floor windows via bedsheets, a gigantic roast chicken, all sorts of wonderful things.

Check out the project site for all the details, and links to the images that made it onto Google Maps.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at December 20, 2008 09:54 AM


I wish they'd done this on my block instead of over by the Warhol Museum!

Posted by: Carolyn at January 6, 2009 10:23 PM