04/03/2013 09:26 am ET | Updated Apr 03, 2013

Anthropocene: Google Maps Reinterpreted As Persian Rugs

Dublin-based artist David Thomas Smith has created a series of images composited from thousands of thumbnails extracted as screen grabs from google maps. The photographs are then reconstructed piece by piece using photoshop to produce such incredibly detailed images, drawing upon the patterns and motifs used by persian rug makers. 'Anthropocene' reflects upon the complex structures that make up the centres of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information and excess. The plethora of seemingly insignificant coded pieces of information are sown together like knots in a rug to reveal a grander spectacle -- creating a collision between the old and the new, fact and fiction, surveillance and invisibility, contrasting the global order of things.


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