See the Trip View Bowl in Google Earth

Coming out of Taiwan each year, “Trip View Bowls” are popular works of art that show aerial artwork of a city, drawn onto the inside of a blue bowl. The artwork is quite impressive and amazingly detailed.


GEB reader Steven Ho, who we’ve shown you before for items such as his Mount Everest panorama, has built some very innovative Google Earth files to show off the 2011 bowl.
The first is a tour (KMZ) that shows the bowl, then swoops around and shows the entire earth inside the bowl, then dives back down to Taipei again. If you turn on the [3D Buildings] layer, you’ll see that he’s aligned it quite well (though the 3D coverage in Taipei is still quite weak).

Here is a quick video of the tour if you aren’t able to access Google Earth right now:

The second is a huge 3D model of the earth sitting inside of the bowl (KMZ). There’s not much to do with it, but it’s a crazy sight to see and certainly one of the largest 3D models I’ve ever seen.

Lastly is a very high-res look at the imagery on the inside of the bowl, viewable using the Google Earth photo viewer (KMZ). As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, the artwork inside the bowl is remarkably detailed, and this file really helps to show that.

You can read more about it on Steven’s blog. Great work, Steven!

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.

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