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The Bible According To Google Earth

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Posted by Patrick Burgoyne, 7 December 2007, 11:31    Permalink    Comments (146)

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Scenes from the Bible have been imagined by countless artists over the centuries, but never quite like this. God's Eye View portrays four key Biblical events as if captured by Google Earth. Above, The Crucifixion.

It's the work of Sydney-based "creative collective" The Glue Society. The project was commissioned by Eric Romano of Pulse Art, New York for its Miami art fair. Romano had seen the group's Hot with a Chance of a Late Storm installation (below), a comment on global warming in which a melting ice cream van oozed across the promenade and onto the sand at Tamarama in Australia last year as part of Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea event, and commisssioned them to create this new work.

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God's Eye View depicts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,

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Noah's Ark

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And Moses parting the Red Sea

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as well as The Crucifixion. “We like to disorientate audiences a little with all our work. And with this piece we felt technology now allows events which may or may not have happened to be visualized and made to appear dramatically real," say The Glue Society's James Dive. "As a method of representation satellite photography is so trusted, it has been interesting to mess with that trust."

Shown below are the images in situ at the Miami Art Fair.

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The Glue Society is aiming to produce further works using the same satellite imagery next year but this time relating to mythological occurrences and major historical events.

146 Comments

amazing!
John
2007-12-07 14:08:47


Really nice work. That's certainly made my Friday afternoon!
Shaun Tollerton
2007-12-07 17:13:36


Shaun, a Good Friday?
Ed Wright
2007-12-07 18:37:26


This really captured my imagination. I use google earth almost everyday, and looking at aerial photos became a usual practice, until now.
goodorbad
2007-12-07 20:03:19


This is amazing, truly original.
thealexdiaz
2007-12-08 02:44:58


I'm by no means a religious sort, but isn't saying:

“As a method of representation satellite photography is so trusted, it has been interesting to mess with that trust.”

just a little bit cheeky?
Horatio
2007-12-08 05:31:28


Here wait I thought there was a crowd around jesus that was pelting him with rocks and junk. I mean come on, if you are gonna do it do it right... even for a small business like the place I work for we sort out all the little eventualities, and make sure the whole story is told by OUR graphic designers. not to mention google earth still can't pinpoint the exact places for each of them because the bible is not specific on the matter
The Chode
2007-12-10 02:04:17


Again, like Horatio I'm in no way religious, but I think the relationship between satellite images and trust is an interesting one. Whilst a vast number of people trust the technology to find their way around using devices such as sat-nav, others will claim that their government are using it to spy on them, thus negating that trust.

I think these works scream the question - is seeing really believing?
Marc
2007-12-10 02:08:15


Chode,

Who says this is at the EXACT time when he was nailed to the cross? In John's Gospel Mary is placed at the Crucifixion, standing with disciples, and they're entrusted to one another's care by the dying Jesus from the cross. This could be that moment.

In the 'guessed-at' chronology Jesus was crucified and dies around 3PM. His body was placed in the tomb at twilight. The photos shows long shadows. So, maybe this is when they came to take him down, after Joesph begged Pilate for the body of Jesus?

You don't need to be a religious zealot to find out this information. It's all available with a MINIMAL amount of research in easily accessible sources like Wikipedia and the BBC. I am sure the Glue Society did at least the same.
Alex
2007-12-10 19:40:59


Nice work Mr Dive...... something original in this post modern world we live in
derek Henderson
2007-12-10 22:52:15


I'm standing and clapping - James Dive you did it again, well done!
Gerrard
2007-12-11 00:33:46


It is good to see critical thinking about satellite images entwined with their beauty. bravo.
eustatic
2007-12-11 17:44:41


Check out the artists' other work at

http://www.creamstudios.com.au
Hallstrom
2007-12-12 04:59:15


Keep these mythologically-themed ones coming - they're quite interesting!
sinned34
2007-12-12 06:15:06


Um, right. Yet another load of religious bullsh!t. I mean WTF? That doesn’t look anything like a frigging ark or garden of eden. Go find pictures of the virgin mary in your piece of toast, you stupid dark-ager.
Cynic
2007-12-14 02:22:31


I must admit that these are quite work of arts which inspired us how "the real things" will look alike live.
Bravo!
Hans B. Pandjaitan
2007-12-14 10:22:57


I'm not O.K. with this if it is permanent, only for the Christmas Holiday. But still these events are fairy tales full of controversy and until there is tangible evidence then I condemn the 'art' of discrediting a trusted source like satellite imaging, with lies and deceit. Some people rely on Google's imaging systems and this sends a clear message that it can be "messed with", altered and inaccurate to a degree. Is this the beginning of something? I think this is a bad move.
Steve in Washington D.C.
2007-12-16 15:13:16


Steve in Washington - chill out. Everybody knows that digital images can be altered. The sanctity of Google Earth (whatever that is worth) is not being threatened here. If these people had created different sorts of alterations - instead of illustrating Biblical accounts - to Google Map images I doubt people would be so upset. People just don't like religion, and I can't blame them. But being an ass about it just makes the situation worse.
Greg Formager
2007-12-16 20:09:18


saw this at art basel......it was awsome.
marlon
2007-12-16 21:47:16


I am commenting a second time to say that I love the typography on the wall. Very nice.
Greg Formager
2007-12-17 04:16:09


Wow - the comments from Steve and Cynic above are unbelievably vitriotic. Guys - you need to figure out the source of that anger. I'm a Christian, so I believe the scenes "re-created" here are real - but if the artist had chosen scenes from, say, the Greek mythologies, I wouldn't mind at all.
Mark
2007-12-17 15:14:59


Steve - sympathies mate, but I think the world has been doing this stuff for a long time. Maps contain blank spaces and people believe there's nothing there... on the M4 to London I drive past the US Air Force's main ammunition compound for heavy munitions in all of Western Europe and it's not on the map.
Shouldn't art (if done well) make you look twice at something familiar, and see it in a new way?
pellucid
2007-12-17 21:36:34


I've been a scientific man my whole life, recently I was searching for more and found that God was there to listen. I had a realization that without faith you won't know him.

I had always tried to rationalize Christianity with things like, "if God is real then why is he so unfair, if I saw Moses part the Red Sea I'd believe too. Why do I get stuck in the modern world with no miracles, no tangible evidence."

Faith. You won't believe unless you are ready to see. I've personally witness and experienced miracles by faith. For all you cynics out here, God loves you.

These pieces are wonderful, artistic license and all. I can't wait to see the mythological and historic versions. Great work!
Lonnie
2007-12-17 23:11:47


I think some people leaving comments here seem to be missing the point. Read the description.

I think it'd be fun to put some voiceovers on these, so we can hear God's thoughts on what he's (He's) seeing.

If you want to read more into it: the ripples on the water in the Moses picture could be seen as making part of a giant fingerprint.
Pete
2007-12-18 00:08:11


How about some of the biblical events http://evilbible.com focuses on. The section pertaining to the other word for canola seems pregnant with artistic potentials.
Kilgore Starslayer Excelsior
2007-12-18 00:25:31


"Nice work Mr Dive…… something original in this post modern world we live in"

Yah, it's very post-modern tho.
tim
2007-12-18 05:09:58


this is a piece of art. this not a Bible study. this is not presented on sunday mornings. this is not a new group of images you'll find on Google Earth. this is art. it's an angle, an approach to already accessible stories and information. toying with our trust of satellite imaging? don't you all think the discussions and bitterness you all have employed aren't exactly the result the artists/designers were hoping to achieve. they are not (i don't think) attempting to make you take a final stand on whether aerial photography or the Bible are true or not. they want(ed) to make you think about it all differently. they wanted to stop you in your tracks.

i don't know the glue society. are they christians? are they not? do you think all artists who depict Biblical themes are christians? if they are, you say they are not accurate, read the Bible more, etc. if they aren't, you say they are cynical and lack better judgement. i am a christian. i find this interesting. do i like it? i don't know, but nevertheless, i find this interesting. this is a piece of art. from one (body) to the masses.
JOHN MINDIOLA III
2007-12-18 14:49:25


I think these show some real original thought in the overblown world of digital manipulation of photography. As a non-christian, I'm not bothered by the subject matter in the slightest. It definitely stirs up conversation and thought. But, at least here in the US, both sides will latch onto these as fodder for the freakin "culture war", heaping blame and accusations across the divide. The shrillness is deafening.
Morgan
2007-12-19 19:41:48


This is absolutely fascinating.

Although the comments thread here makes me a bit ashamed to be an atheist. Thanks for missing the point, gents.
Brandon
2007-12-20 04:04:50


Those really are some nice pictures. Thank you so much for sharing them.
Randy M
2007-12-20 05:42:36


Thought-provoking, thanks!
Mark
2007-12-20 20:59:45


this is cool, this is art not religion. the caption reads "as if captured by Googel Earth" in other words hypothetical not real. I wonder what comments we would see if they did scenes out of the Koran or of Buddha? people need to get thicker skin...I can't wait to see other historical events/mythology done in this way.
Ian
2007-12-22 23:12:18


Lindas as imagens! Parabéns pelo excelente trabalho! (Good Job!). I,m came from Brasil, I don't speak inglish. Mythological occurrences is good but Biblical events is veri veri good! Thanks.
Carlos Pires
2007-12-23 14:26:13


Great art, based on a great question; "Is photographic evidence 'conclusive'"?

The effect of these creative and clever works is to provoke the tensions that arise when we try to resolve spiritual belief and rational belief. Of course there is neither "photographic evidence" for the resurrection nor the electron, but in either case the believers find it to be a good enough explanation for the observed phenomenon of life and reality.

And of course a photograph would not be enough to "prove" that electrons or resurrections exist to someone who is looking for proof only for what they already believe. Whether rationalists or men of faith (a.k.a. materialists and magicians).

"Cynic" and "Alex" prove again that the smallest poke will get the biggest response when Christianity is challenged. I do not think TGS set out to prove or disprove any point of view; but the true believers want everything to be presented and accepted in accordance with their own viewpoint, just as the rationalists see fantasy fascism in any work of art or science that threatens their own.

Along with the challenge to think for oneself, these pieces provide beautiful images that help us see things from outside our own position, and to the frustration of the rationalists, will provide great materials for Sunday Schools (or "child brainwashing", depending on your point of view!).

Me? I am a Christian, but do not object to free thought, free expression, or even direct challenges that invite me to think better through what I believe.
Steve Weeks
2008-01-04 12:49:34


Beautiful. This is what art should be about - a new look at an old fairy story!
Lukc
2008-01-07 09:22:04


It's art, it's beautiful, it serves its purpose, it arouses spirits and thoughts and definitely stirrs conversations, this is a fantastic piece for a blog, the comments are such a precise response to what most artists look for. Did it move you? Touch you? Make you feel angry? Happy? Inspired? Disgusted? Please keep the comments going it is so musical to see a form of expression do so much for us. I don't think it is about missing a point, taking offense, believing in it or not, I think it's about all of it.
And aside from it all, to me, the pieces are just wonderful, whether true or false, offensive or complimenting, they are an exciting mix of myth, truth, faith, science, art and human perspective on what God could see things like or even what God is, and by that I think I establish I am not an atheist but it is great to read it all.
Kristel Cover
2008-01-08 10:02:30


Great work! Thanks for sharing it with the world.

Doesn't it seem weird that anything to do with Christianity is viscously attacked? But, when something like this is done about Budah, Mohammad or any other religion it fits in the freedom of religion thing. Doesn't it make you wonder if maybe Jesus "is" who he said?
Jason
2008-01-08 20:38:21


Fantastic job guys. Art at its purest!
Takeabreak
2008-01-08 22:01:17


umm, off-topic a bit from the art/religion nonsense (didn't we do this with art and po*nography already?) - I recently read (courtesy of umberto eco) that Adam was invited by God -[yikes I didn't capitulate Umberto but I did 'god']- to name the beasts and the birds, but there is no mention in the bible of the naming of fishes and under the sea thingies.. interesting huh?
Its a good job public use satellites, ie. googleearth aren't powerful enough to see into the water, otherwise the 'Gods eye artwork' may have had fishes in (as well as, ummm, doves) and been subjected to a whole load more criticism. I like the Ice cream van melting. there's no religion in that at all, Yay!
Big Dan
2008-01-11 02:30:27


How long before these images show up in some Bible belt fundamentalist church being touted as further 'evidence' to validate the myths and legends of the old n new testament?
They'll probably be seen as miraculous....
morganp
2008-01-17 11:47:18


A great piece of work, surly the camera never lies, hahaha. ;)
Levi Webb
2008-01-17 19:08:11


Vendo essas imagens podemos ter a noção exata de como a Bíblia é fantasiosa.
Muito bom.
Fernando
2008-01-17 20:32:11


Who imagined that?
It's just stunning!! Very creative!! Congrats!
Ricardo Azarite
2008-01-18 18:41:30


Oh, God, it´s breathtaking!
Nano Cordeiro
2008-01-18 20:08:47


I like the pictures. Not bothered about the science of it and I'm not going to be pretentious and make out like I do. Why can't people just accept the pictures for what they are? Art. Nothing more or less. It's just art. Very good pictures too. As for the Anti-Christians, well you're amusing. And I shall pray for you :-)
Karen
2008-01-18 20:25:06


Good idea. There's a lot of money to be made with gullible christians :)
James
2008-01-18 20:43:49


I love that, man I wish I could go see it!
Jesse
2008-01-18 21:16:01


nice work. pity the comment thread is so ridiculous, but it's interesting to think about events as they would appear from the sky, whether or not you believe they are real. It intrigues me to imagine this view of a full house at the Roman Coliseum, the construction of the pyramids, the eruption of Vesuvius, or many other events. It would be awesome to behold.
Side-note, I also appreciate the choice of using biblical imagery. While the exact locations of events may never be known, I like the work of using existing images of real places as the scenery for these events.
halftime
2008-01-19 01:42:38


This is the most beautiful thing I've seen in ages. Thanks for this.
Jonathan
2008-01-27 23:56:14


Excellent work! As for the atheists on here, let me say this. I have witnessed many people die in my lifetime, and to a person, all those that did not profess to believe in God always said, as their last words, "Oh God". I wonder why that is?
Beentheredonethat
2008-01-28 01:39:41


How long before these pictures become proof of Biblical events?
CranialRectalLoopback
2008-01-28 01:59:21


Nicely done! It's exactly what it is represented to be: and exercise in artistic expression. Nothing more, nothing less. You have no excuse to be offended, folks. Chill. Big time. But, it made you think, didn't it? That's what they wanted you to do! Brilliant! I'll bet God smiled, too. He gave us the power to think...
Mr. Data
2008-01-28 02:19:23


Incredible concept as well as execution, though I can't believe people are actually getting up in arms about this. Regardless of whether you're a Christian or otherwise (I'm not) I think the history of the religion and the stories attributed to it can be objectively fascinating and thought provoking.

I really didn't think I'd come across so much bigoted disrespect of other's people beliefs here, not to mention total idiocy (Christians are going to think this is real?) Yeah...people are going to think the crucification and building of Noah's ark were captured on Google earth. Wow. Some people need to grow up, or at the least grow a brain.
Michael
2008-01-28 06:39:37


As art, the photos are interesting, and I enjoyed them. Please, however, don't let James Dive of The Glue Society venture into literature. Our language suffers enough from made-up terms like "preventative" instead of "preventive". We don't need Mr. Dive promoting the use of "disorientate", when the word is "disorient".
BobM
2008-01-28 07:13:39


I would like them to do some other works of fiction besides just the bible. I think that an "Alice in Wonderland" Google Earth would be fun! Or maybe a "Disneyland" themed one: "Peter Pan Island", "Cinderella", "Show White's Woods"... I think Google is onto something there!
Rob
2008-01-28 14:04:15


The images add an interesting dimension to how we envision the events and places they portray.

It is interesting to see how quickly and vehemently the atheists among us have to jump in to assert that the Bible is a "fairy tale," that Christians are "deluded," etc., etc., etc.

Two points:

First, atheists, I have some bad news for you. You are not original. It isn't like we haven't heard from you about--what--a jillion times? I hate to disappoint you, but your insults do not leavs us slack-jawed, dazzled by your wit, and embarrassed for ourselves.

Second, is there some reason why you feel compelled to jump in and mouth off?

To show your sophistication and superiority? Talk about a fairy tale....

Insecurity? Don't worry, we have a big tent, and we will welcome you when you open your eyes.
_____
RJGatorEsq.
2008-01-28 14:57:05


Lameness in its purest form.

I mean, splaaa. Who CAN'T photoshop that crap onto sat images?
Fezik
2008-01-28 17:49:22


Its disturbing to see that you've only posted christian/catholic stuff on here. did you forget the world consists of other religions as well?
anonymous
2008-01-28 18:33:13


(Almost) Completely off-topic, but hey, so was the original...Beentheredonethat says,

As for the atheists on here, let me say this. I have witnessed many people die in my lifetime, and to a person, all those that did not profess to believe in God always said, as their last words, “Oh God”. I wonder why that is?


I can only wonder what Beentheredonethat would make of the fact that the most frequently-occuring last words on cockpit voice recorders from crashing airliners are "Oh, sh*t!"

As for the art--very nifty work! Like others here, I'd love to see imagined satellite versions of other "events." Surely there's some Photoshop-savvy Tolkien fan out there right now working on a satellite view of the Battle of Barad-Dur for GoogleMiddleEarth...
Ex-Gaijin Marty
2008-01-28 19:33:28


"The Glue Society is aiming to produce further works using the same satellite imagery next year but this time relating to mythological occurrences and major historical events."

So wait - Biblical events are neither? Way to sit on the fence there, guys... :)
Dave H
2008-01-28 20:03:00


I very much appreciate the comments of Michael (not a believer): "I really didn’t think I’d come across so much bigoted disrespect of other’s people beliefs here, not to mention total idiocy (Christians are going to think this is real?). Yeah… people are going to think the crucification and building of Noah’s ark were captured on Google earth. Wow."

As a Christian who's an ivy league graduate, it's pretty offensive to hear some people bash all believers as naive simpletons. C.S. Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Abigail Adams, Francis Scott Key, George Washington Carver, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, Jr., J.R.R. Tolkien, Galileo, Isaac Newton, The Wright Brothers, Florence Nightengale, Louis Pasteur, Jimmy Carter, Noah Webster, Johannes Kepler, Stonewall Jackson, Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Morse, and a very, very long list of others were (or are) thoughtful, intelligent human beings who have given a great deal to the world, and all are professing Christians. While faith in Christ is a matter of the heart (letting yourself experience being loved by God), it doesn't require checking your brain at the door. The bible itself encourages people to think for themselves, to study what it says and come to their own conclusions.

As an artist, I think this work is very cool, and agree that if it stimulates this much debate, it must be doing something right! Looking forward to more.
Diane H.
2008-01-28 23:03:38


Nice work, but aren't the shadows wrong on the first picture?

They look inconsistant in the way they are on the crosses.... a bit like the moon landing :)
Scott
2008-01-29 03:56:33


QUOTE "Its disturbing to see that you’ve only posted christian/catholic stuff on here. did you forget the world consists of other religions as well?"

Christians won't blow up their HQ unlike other extremist organisations.

Remember its ok to take the piss out of Christiantity, but other religions can become violent.
Jonny Cash
2008-01-29 03:58:45


The thing about Moses leading the people through the Red Sea is incorrect. The Hebrew says they crossed the Yam Suph and it should have been translated as the Sea of Reeds. Can we have some reeds, please?
Anonlymouse
2008-01-29 08:10:13


VERY COOL PICTURES!
To paraphrase Steve from DC
I believe the evidence supports that they were actual historical events, not fairy tales. I would say that his assertion that they are "fairy tales" implies that the Bible is wrong. I think its a big mistake to discredit a trusted and proven source like the Bible by calling it lies and deceit. Throughout history, countless people have relied on the Bible and Steve's comment reveals a clear, unproven assumption that it's inaccurate in some degree. I think this is a bad move. I think science and history and changed lives testify to the fact that the Bible is the most reliable book ever written. Here's some links to back that up.

Manuscript evidence for the reliability of the New Testament [PDF] http://www.startingpoint.com/members/pdfs/Manuscript%20Evidence.pdf

What about the contradictions in the Bible? [PDF]
http://www.startingpoint.com/members/pdfs/Manuscript%20Evidence.pdf

Historic Reliability of the Old Testament [PDF]
http://www.gordonconwell.edu/communications/contact/bibarch/archpdf/sailhamer.pdf
Mike in St. Augustine
2008-01-29 13:46:35


WOW! Really great work. Throughout the ages people have imagined and pictured events of the past. Whether 'real' or 'fictional' is of no relevance. What is relevant is that these 'event' already occupy some sort of imagination space in the viewers mind. Talk of 'Adam and Eve', and a mental picture is conjured - regardless of personal belief. Now change that viewpoint, and add a visual pun to boot... Great stuff. I like it.
Jan
2008-01-30 09:36:16


How neat!!! Great new representations. Thanks!
Mariann
2008-01-30 20:45:09


wow. These guys really did great job. The Red sea part is the best.
Paulius
2008-01-31 16:13:03


Gracies per la vostra creativitat.
Les vostres fotografies sempre canvian la perspectiva amb la que veiem la realitat o les possibles realitats que van existir.
Emili
2008-02-04 08:41:55


Wonderful work, mission acomplished, you've made me stop and do a double take. Good art stirs people and invokes an emotional response. Well done, I look forward to your future work.
Mark
2008-02-12 17:44:54


I am a bit religeous, specially of the Christian type. I am not offended or worried about the images themselves if they are exact so let's get it clear. The sea Moses parted was the sea of reeds not the Red Sea. Come on guys let's get real, there was no need to go so far as the Red Sea to run away from the egyptians to get to were they had to get. Don't forget the Suez Canal came maaaany years later. C U
Marcos Hardy
2008-02-13 21:20:56


Tensions run so high when God is mentioned. I love it.

I've been on both sides of the faith issue and I've found that some don't believe in God because they have to "see it to believe it". I can attest that once you believe it, then you'll see it.
Jay
2008-02-16 05:06:04


I like them. It would be nice to see them in higher resolution, or is that the resolution they're at - being supposedly satellite images?

I can imagine how they're nice for Christians as they'd allow you to better imagine the events. I'm not a Christian, but can still enjoy them as art. I wonder what events will be covered next!

Any chance of some other religions also being covered? We could have Buddha teaching, the battlefield from the Bhagavad Gita with Krishna and Arjuna in their chariot any other number of scenes from that religion, any more?
Richard
2008-03-07 15:22:02


... oh, and the ice cream van, although not of this series, was the best!
Richard
2008-03-07 15:22:37


I didn't know that God might be confined to directional vision. I thought His vision might be spatial - and he can see inside our hearts. Glad no one else can see what he sees sometimes. My surgeon's sight was limited to flesh and blood although that was enough for him to do a good job. God needs to see a bit more when doing his job, especially sincere love and repentance.
disciplejohn
2008-03-07 18:51:34


I think the images are very interesting. I'm not Christian (more of a Deist, actually) nor do I think that the Bible is /exactly/ what happened, or even very good thing to basically base a religion around. But I think it is interesting to see these images from the Bible's point of view.

And to those who are complaining about it -- you wouldn't be complaining if they featured images from your religion or from mythology. If you expect people to be respectful of your beliefs, but respectful of theirs. It's common courtesy, which is a not so common thing nowadays.
Sarah
2008-03-19 16:57:34


how to calculate good-friday & first Good-friday?
instin stephen
2008-03-28 12:19:41


Brilliant work. I think anyone who takes these images and uses them as proof would be a little on the unintelligent side. Just appreciate the pics.
However if you want to read a fairy story then try the God Delusion where a man takes away any science that doesn't fit his theory and chucks it out so that he can back up his ideas. Being desperate to prove ideas to people often results in very unscientific behaviour as shown by Mr Dawkins. There are more scientists in our world that believe in God than not. Maybe its because they spend so much time studying his creation that they can't fail but to spot Him in it!!!!
Well done to TGS for making us all think or stirring up discomfort.

Nobody complains about the violence in Kill Bill films, but when The Passion was released they did....any ideas why? Other than the fact that the reality of the events was disturbing to those that didn't want to see the unsanitized version of Jesus death!
JonnyEnglish
2008-04-15 11:39:57


This post it´s fantastic. Wow...thank´s...
Eden
2008-04-24 17:22:02


Nice work. Google Earth rocks and has deep pockets.

Mr Tom
http://www.ukaerialphotos.com
Tom Sam
2008-05-08 18:31:14


i dont understand the fuss about this, i really dont, its just some aerial photos with really easy photoshoping over it, each of these photos i make in maybe 5 to 10 minutes of work. ive seen better ideas accomplished from google earth, but whatever..

if anyone is going to reply, just know im not going to reply back as i accidently got here..
mmm
2008-05-13 20:51:49


A really novel execution of such an argued story over the centuries. However it does show the caution we have to use when interpreting images from such 'trusted' sources as satellites. As an explicit artistic project however I have massive admiration for the work Glue has done
dave
2008-05-14 13:55:40


I'd like to see them try God, according to Google Earth.
Malliobiana
2008-06-03 20:34:01


It could have more pictures! I liked a lot to see these!
Gisele
2008-06-03 22:28:23


Very fantastic! The scenes are very actual. Congratulations!
Eduardo Quilião
2008-06-09 15:55:46


amazing e possible!!!
matos
2008-06-13 18:25:34


I think these are ace.
Jason Tozer
2008-06-14 15:03:08


That`s so nice..awesome. Congratulations.It is amaze look to these pics and really image how this events could happent!!!
Mario Cruz
2008-06-15 22:54:13


Haha, there really cool
Hypotheek voor Duitsland
2008-06-30 13:00:50


I want to see real pitures!
jaila
2008-08-09 23:36:58


I hate yall
jaila
2008-08-09 23:39:04


First off you half to be a total retard to actually belive in this bullshit pictures it shows.there were no dam satallites back then.and there were more to the crucfix ....there was a big crowd there throwing shit and shouting if any more roman soliders were around to watch it.

get it rite next time.
Jabba
2008-08-27 17:00:17


These images are great! They've really captured my imagination. Especially liking the one of Moses crossing the Red Sea and Crucifixion - they have a real sense of atmosphere. Congrats!!
Jack
2008-08-28 11:44:40


Amazing, absolutely Brilliant. Bravo.

thank you very much for posting this.

MOTES IN GOD'S EYE:
http://vimeo.com/album/27797
Jesús Olmo
2008-09-19 15:15:36


‘The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me’. Meister Eckhart.
Jesús Olmo
2008-09-19 15:26:59


Amazing, absolutely Brilliant. Bravo.
室內設計
2008-10-08 11:29:51


Very cool!
Richard
2008-11-12 19:20:47


Adam and Eve in the garden cracks me up....a wee bit of humor in that one.
In the ark "photo", I love the concept that it is sitting on top of a "mountain" in a post flood receding water Earth....
very cool!
susan
2008-11-22 19:37:02


Neat photos- Kinda brings everything to life. Wonder how they got the photo? Is it a painting or a re-enactment of the Bible that they took in a plane? Very interesting...
Jorene
2008-12-17 16:05:07


100 comments! a first surely on CR?
(sorry i'll calm down now. guys you have arrived in the blogoshere)
dadif
2008-12-17 16:13:20


..or even blogosPhere.
Its a 102 now! see... how easy was that?
dadif
2008-12-17 16:14:09


I want to see real pitures! pen
eugen
2009-01-03 15:27:48


5 people witnessing the crusifiction?!? C'mon...at least pretend to make an attempt at a shadow of historical accuracy!!
zach
2009-01-05 04:12:06


Very cool and very interesting! I love what people do with tech these days.
Rob
2009-01-14 20:48:18


Aweeome post. I love stuff like this
Shazia
2009-02-10 13:59:11


Gave me goosebumps. Very well done!
Diana
2009-02-12 17:14:18


Funny how the whole Muslim and Jewish connection was missed by most of those posting. Obviously the crucifixion reflects the beliefs of Christianity, but Adam and Eve, and Moses are also strongly held beliefs of all three of the major world religions.
Brenda
2009-02-12 18:09:09


Awesome. Inspires the imagination.
Let's think of some more.
How about the Collosis at Rhodes? Sodom and Gamorah post-obliteration? Atlantis? D-Day? The trenches of WWI? Appomatox? Hannibal and his Elephants in the Alps! Brigadoon!!!!
Perry Sukstorf
2009-02-12 18:26:21


Im cool with it chaps - chill out
Jesus
2009-03-25 16:39:13


in the name of Allah,merciful,knowlegde n wise,


i am amazing to search this real glue society...but i sure am very exciting to see that is real original pictures....that is famous names of bible or kitab.i dont know about the glue socitey but how can u make it very wise good. thankx
nora
2009-04-28 03:20:50


very coll! I loved that!
Ivani
2009-04-30 00:27:06


Very interesting look from above!
My guess is that there were many, many crosses on that hill during the years of Roman occupation.
Here is the look from the past, from a time long, long ago:

http://www.mortalresurrection.com/
john
2009-05-14 15:47:21


Truely incredible!!
Alistair
2009-07-09 10:14:36


"The Glue Society is aiming to produce further works using the same satellite imagery next year but this time relating to mythological occurrences and major historical events."
I love this society for this part of the article. finally some truth! yes, the bible is just fiction.

>

well, in a way, religion implies violence.. disregarding natural causes, throughout history, the victims of religion possibly reach the highest numbers of deaths out there.. these victims are not highly publicized nor is the violence mentioned in the bible.. this is due to the lack of common sense in the bible which the believers "adopt" without question. this is valid for other religions as well.
http://www.jcnot4me.com/Items/cults/victims_of_religion.htm
remember "The Dark Ages"? why can't we all see religion just as a form of art? it took a huge amount of effort to actually come up with the concept. I consider religion as a test from the past, a test for our intellect and moral values, a test which is left without a proper analysis, a project practically hovering above the limit of believing and questioning, a beautiful socio-cultural experiment which was intended for us to discover and possibly learn a great deal about what being human actually means.

anyway, from an artistic point of view, I highly admire and respect the works. and I find the idea very original. It does make one wonder about the power of human imagination, talent and wit. The fusion of technology and culture is flawless. this sort of creativity must be trained in everyday life.
KUDOS!
(btw, it took me some time to actually see Adam and Eve there..)
Fil
2009-08-02 21:28:03


MORE PLEASE
Angel Mass
2009-08-03 03:30:01


Ver nice work
Vasny
2009-08-03 19:05:39


How long before these images show in the textbooks of homeschoolers and religious schools and websites as "proof" of the old testament? Oh, wait, it's already happened.
brad
2009-08-04 00:54:03


Loved it. Especially the Monty Python scene. That was the best ... now I can't get that silly song out of my head ... "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life!"

And my children and I especially like the fairytale scenes from that silly little book. Especially the one with the cute little Noahs Ark on the mountain top. That was so sweet and could be almost believable.

You should look into depicting some other more popular fairy tale stories as well, like Santa's workshop up at the North Pole or how about Little Red Riding Hood skipping along through the forest (that story is very popular internationally). Oh there are so many wonderful fairy tale stories to depict, it's really endless. Good luck.
Roy
2009-08-13 02:20:02


all hail the mighty google. bow before its greatness!
harmony rose
2009-11-25 00:05:32


@Roy No need to be a sarcastic dick.
M
2009-12-12 00:57:01


Roy - God loves you whether you like it or not...................don't be so afraid.
Rita Chevrolet
2010-03-17 00:15:31


Ijust love the pic of the ice cream truck melting!
cam
2010-04-09 09:48:27


Wonderful work that comments on the photograph/lens based image as accepted evidence of reality. I believe history shows that society became to trust the photographic image as reality which is has never been, it is simply a false interpretation of reality, analogue or digital, the real can never be reproduced.

The recent surge of digital photography, with it's myriad of possible applications of manipulation, now easily available in the home, has posed to the question to the public 'can you trust what you see?' Do we have FAITH in the photograph anymore, which we have so RELIGIOUSLY trusted as real in the past?
Jeff
2010-05-31 13:04:26


what is adam and eve doing? do i see cain and abel after 9 months?
ron
2010-07-12 09:21:19


couldn't see adam and eve.....but fab though.
Rob Kemp
2010-07-16 13:03:10


Article states.
"but this time relating to mythological occurrences and major historical events."

Already got the mythological part out of the way, lets see some historical event ones.
Jimbo
2010-07-25 06:53:52


Hello. I assume you are aware of this image. It was taken from the NASA Hubbel telescope. They recognise this as one of the deepest images we can find in space. Check it out or google 'Cross in Space"

http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://discerningthetimes.me/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/bigbang-m-51whirlpool-galaxy-core-cross.jpg&imgrefurl=http://discerningthetimes.me/2010/02/14/signs-in-the-heavens/&usg=__N6Z65z89Ni9THy_BVoPKWp2fA64=&h=946&w=1297&sz=64&hl=en&start=5&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=dil23npcqSLSiM:&tbnh=109&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcross%2Bin%2Bspace%2Bhubble%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1T4ADBR_enCA314CA314%26tbs%3Disch:1
Scott MacGregor
2010-07-26 12:44:28


That was AWESOME...i thought those images where true that it captured an image during that time...
mark
2010-07-30 15:57:46


you should do some more bible related
stephanie
2010-08-04 13:10:01


Funny that some comments I read talk about "messing with Google" and "hoping it's not permanent" or "used Google Maps until now". Did these guys actually read the story, or did they just see the headline and look @ pictures before commenting?
Do they really think that someone went ON Google Earth Maps and then altered these to show biblical history, then uploaded it back to Google Earth Maps? Someone needs to explain to them that you cannot find these on your Google Map application. Someone "copied several different pictures of places using the aerial photos of Google Earth Satellites, Photo-shopped the f*ck out of them, then PUT THEM IN A FRAME AND SENT THEM TO AN ART SHOW!"
These are NOT someone infiltrating or hacking satellite imagery for their religious agenda.

Sorry, it was kinda bothering me and I had to point this out.
I thought it was clever and awesome. Cant wait for the next stuff.
Angela W.
2010-09-08 09:09:41


Does anyone know about copyright laws regarding artists using Google Earth images? I've been wanting to do some artwork using Google Earth images but did some research on their website and saw that they are very strict about the use of their images. I'd hate to put a bunch of time into my pieces and then get told I'm not allowed to sell them...I wonder if any of these artists came up against any of these problems.
Chris T.
2010-09-10 07:01:12


wow, this piece has certainly sparked some debate. I think these are great pieces of work, very well imagined and bring something to life in a way that hasn't been done before. Really nice work.
Dave - Website Design Essex
2010-09-10 10:42:33


wow. this is amazing! if only google earth existed during the Creation!

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." - Psalm 14:1

nevertheless, this is amazing.
toink.
2010-09-16 03:43:25


The ark image and moses image are nice, but not too impressed with the other two. I think I coulda done a better job. Where is the drama? These are biblical events! Where is the real beauty of Eden - the abundant flowers, waterfalls, animals and the like? This looks more like a shot of Hampstead Heath. Where are the crowds of onlookers around the crosses, and why do they appear on flat ground? Hmmm.
Ali McCarley
2010-12-21 14:17:28


What a fantastic way of bring history to life...
These images have done their job... to stimulate, aggitate and contemplate on their theme.
As far as the religious debate above, well it amazes me that there as so many closed minds in the world and especially in the creative industry, as a christian this is not offensive, but inspirational - an opportunity for a non-believer to realisically view the happenings of the bible - "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" Hebrews 11:1 - (look it up) how appropriate.
True Christians are not religious, but faithfull - a personal relationship with Jesus wins over, robes, temples, incense and timetables everyday.

Surely the beauty of these creations to depict historical happening is that satelites did not exist, so seeing through Gods eye is a treat - this has been missed by so many that have commented.

Get blessed this year call on Him
Dave
Dave
2011-01-06 14:21:49


Ex-Gaijin Marty 2008-01-28 19:33:28: "As for the atheists on here, let me say this. I have witnessed many people die in my lifetime, and to a person, all those that did not profess to believe in God always said, as their last words, “Oh God”. I wonder why that is?"

That is the one, and really the one and only, argument that I could find for religion. But its a strong one for it represents a very valuable social function, and therefore justifies religion in this regard. Other than that, I have to say I still am an atheist, till death do us part.

But apart from that, great pics, and article, in any case!
Xoom
2011-01-15 09:05:22


Xoom 2011-01-15 09:05:22

'Other than that, I have to say I still am an atheist'

So why not an Agnostic? If you're not sure and there's arguments against, but apparently also for... then why not admit uncertainty, and become Agnostic? Once death does you part, you'll find out anyway ;)

Other than that I agree! And the pictures are awesome... I've already spent waaay too much time in Google Earth.
Adam
2011-01-22 23:09:22


@Adam, above me: agnosticism is for the lazy and the cowardly. It's the equivalent of saying to do not care about the most important thing in life, giving up, just because you feel like you've got something better to do. Which is a paradoxical statement in itself: you have nothing better to do than believe in something - even if it is in pure materialism a.k.a. atheism.
How can you look at the earth and not believe?
Galaxys
2011-02-02 22:06:05


@Adam & Galaxys

Agnosticism is an option, but yeah, it would feel a bit of a NMP attitude (Not My Problem). Which is why I feel that atheism is a stance that fits with my perceptions, without giving up on the benefits of have some kind of certainty - which is good, as proven by tons of psychological research.
Xoom
2011-02-03 20:59:50


Nice work, the images look so real and intriguing. Wouldn’t it be great if you could zoom in and explore each photo.
Vekta
2011-04-02 03:44:50


Wow, absolutely amazing, I agree with Vekta, it would be really nice to zoom into each photo.
GalaxyS2
2011-04-19 08:41:05


The Big Bang?
Vang
2011-06-01 03:26:11


Hey Guys,
Is it possible to get these amazing pictures as poster? We are a christian church and would like to have them on our walls.
Thank You!
Greets
Flitz
2011-08-24 10:09:57


Hey Guys,
Is it possible to get these amazing pictures as poster? We are a christian church and would like to have them on our walls.
Thank You!
Greets
Flitz
2011-08-24 11:38:05


Surely the beauty of these creations to depict historical happening is that satelites did not exist, so seeing through Gods eye is a treat - this has been missed by so many that have commented.
Peter Design
2011-11-16 15:30:05


Very intellegent use of digital images. I like the mix of hard factual data with that of faith.
Andrew Isidoro
2013-02-19 12:15:26


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