3D public art in Google Earth

GEB reader ‘Will’ recently discovered that cool 3D art from his hometown is available as 3D models in Google Earth.

I thought you might be interested in this Google Earth 3D public art that I found in my hometown (Brighton, UK). “The Kiss” is a locally famous play that reflects Brighton’s passionate past. The “Donut” in the background is more relevant than you might think – it’s a model of the Earth in the shape of a torus with deep holes in the shape of each continent.

By the way, you can also see the funfair at the end of Brighton Pier in the pictures – there’s a great 3D model of that in GE – take a look!

As you can see in the images below, the Google Earth rendering of “The Kiss” is remarkably accurate compared to the actual version.

You can see these two sculptures in Google Earth with this KML file.

It reminded me of the iconic monument to Joe Louis that you can find in downtown Detroit. It’s a stunning 24 inch, 4 ton statue of his fist, but the Google Earth model is a pretty straightforward rendering of it (KML). Hope someone can add more details to this structure in the future.


You can also consult Chicago’s “silver bean” (KML), or revisit the upcoming 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
There are certainly hundreds of other applicants for a position like this, so let us hear from you. What are some of your public art works?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since its release in 2005, and has created a variety of geolocation-related sites, including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design business in Marietta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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