Yesterday I was having a discussion with Gerardo about the many models selected by Google to be in the 3D Buildings layer. I was showing him a 3D model I had been using for a project for a forthcoming GEB story. I commented that I was surprised more models didn’t have little easter eggs hidden in them. A moment later Gerardo says “I just found one!”. He says “It’s that crocodile guy from the TV show”. Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Man, is probably the best known Australian. So naturally, the model we were looking at was the best known Australian 3D building: The Sydney Opera House. Here’s a short video showing the easter egg and how to find it in Google Earth:
Or, you could just turn on the 3D Buildings layer, and follow this link to see Crocodile Man in Google Earth. By the way, the 3D model of the Sydney Opera House was created by Josh Wilson.
For another example of an easter egg in 3D Buildings, check out the Blues Brothers jumping over a draw bridge.