Creating rooftop murals for Google Earth

Over the years, we’ve seen a handful of people and companies create massive images to be seen in Google Earth. One of the most famous was the Maxim magazine cover in 2006, but we’ve also seen advertising companies that focus on Google Earth as a way to show off their clients ads.
Today we’ll show you Molly Dilworth, who creates giant murals on top of buildings with the intent of being seen in Google Earth. Molly uses only discarded paint, and simply uses the physical surface of the roof to determine the shape of the painting. The end result is a pretty cool work of art, as seen here:


The problem that Molly faces, as does anyone that creates artwork intended for Google Earth, is that you never know when your images might appear online. In Molly’s case, it seems only one of her pieces of artwork is in Google Earth so far, and sadly it didn’t get captured especially well by the satellite.

If you’d like to view that mural in Google Earth, just use this KML file.
Fortunately, as Google Earth continues to improve the quality and speed of their updates, and Molly continues to create more of these murals, we’ll likely start seeing some appear very nicely in Google Earth in the near future.
What’s the best artwork you’ve ever seen in Google Earth?
(via DesignTaxi)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Maybe, if she did a 3D model of the building with a higher resolution picture of the roof on it she could get it displayed into the 3D layer of GE

  2. Stray Kat Studio creates high-quality 3D models on Google Earth. Then the building (complete with new rooftop mural) can be seen on Google Earth within a few weeks.

  3. In 2008 I was part of an art project where the concept was to take the game of “Where’s Waldo” to a global level. We put a huge painting of Waldo on a rooftop, hoping it would appear on Google Earth. Here is the video I made:

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