Every Basketball Court in Manhattan

Artist Jenny Odell has just released her newest creation, “Every Basketball Court in Manhattan”, using imagery from Google Earth. I’m certainly no art critic, but it’s undoubtedly a very creative way to showcase this kind of imagery.

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From Jenny:

My series of satellite prints is a collection of collections, in that each print houses a selection of things cut out from Google Satellite View–whether that be swimming pools, parking lots or sections of the Great Salt Lake. Though geographically they represent a vast (and fragmented) amount of landscape, the collections carry with them the feelings of smallness, vulnerability and nostalgia that I find inherent in satellite imagery.

These prints are, on the one hand, collapsed pictures of my own disoriented wanderings through the endlessness of a scanned world–endlessly scrolling, endlessly zooming in. But they are also, as in any collection, acts of love. In accumulating, cutting out and ordering each piece of satellite imagery, I have fixed them here against the perpetual tide of updated satellite pictures and the ephemerality of the internet.

For more about this piece of art, you can check out this page on 20×200.com. Jenny has also created a variety of other artwork using stadiums, buildings, parking lots and additional items. You can see her full collection here.
If you have ideas about creating similar artwork, be sure to check with Google before you get started as it’s illegal to print and sell artwork like this without permission. Google has a support page available for you to view for more information.

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. Google’s permission tool doesn’t have any appropriate category for works of art and won’t complete the series of questions if you select “other.” When the application form specifically precludes requests to use Google Maps/Earth imagery, how does an artist go about getting an OK to “print and sell artwork” like Ms.Odell’s?

  2. great blog, i love this! thanks!

  3. Awesome! I love seeing the diversity of the designs and colors.

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