A Google Earth Odyssey

We’ve seen artists use Google Earth as a major part of their project before. Jenny Odell’s work comes to mind (such as “Every Basketball Court in Manhattan“), but there have been neat projects like the USGS “Earth as Art” collection.
Today we’ve got a video from GEB reader ‘Emma’, who created a solo music project called ‘Astrobal’ and contributed to an amazing video that was created by Loïc Jouan. The video features 6500 Google Earth screen captures and is an amazing look at some of the great things you can do with Google Earth.

You’ll notice that many shots make creative use of the “sunlight” feature in Google Earth, which was introduced back in version 4.3. If you’ve not used it before, click the sun icon in the row of buttons along the top of the screen in Google Earth. As you saw in the video, it’s a very powerful feature and certainly one that you should try out.
Also, if you have a desire to create a video like this be sure to refer to the Google Geo Permissions Tool to see what you’re allowed to do.
Great work Emma and Loïc!

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. Pretty good – Jarre/Kraftwerk not forgotten 🙂

  2. Paul van Dinther says:

    Check out a live sunrise in this diorama example:

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