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Anthropocene: Google maps sewn into Persian rugs

A Photographic Exhibition by David Thomas Smith, till 16th April 2013, The Copper House Gallery

Tomorrow will be your last chance to see Anthropocene by Dublin-based artist, David Thomas Smith.

The exhibition examines global landscapes that have been transformed by the actions and activities of mankind, created using a unique and innovative technique. Composited from thousands of thumb nails screen-captured from Google Maps aerial views, each image is reconstructed using Photoshop to produce meticulously detailed images.

Anthropocene at the Copper House Gallery, Dublin

Anthropocene at the Copper House Gallery, Dublin
Images © David Thomas Smith

 

Beijing International Airport, China

Beijing International Airport, China

Detail: Beijing International Airport, China

Detail: Beijing International Airport, China

 

The images created use complex structures of aerial landscapes from sites associated with global capitalism such as oil, precious metals and consumer culture. Separately, the plethora of coded pieces of information are somewhat meaningless, but are then sewn together like knots in a rug to reveal a grander spectacle.

 

Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona, USA

Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona, USA

Detail: Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona, USA

Detail: Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona, USA

 

“The work draws upon the traditional Afghan use of the rug to document the world around them,” says Smith. Photographic and economic realities are questioned through the use of formal patterns that originated as motifs from Persian rug makers. Recurring themes appear to contrast the global order of things, such as the collision between old and new traditions, fact and fiction & surveillance and invisibility.

 

Burj Dubai, UAE

Burj Dubai, UAE

Detail: Burj Dubai, UAE

Detail: Burj Dubai, UAE

 

 

Delta Coal Port, Vancouver, Canada

Delta Coal Port, Vancouver, Canada

Detail: Delta Coal Port, Vancouver, Canada

Detail: Delta Coal Port, Vancouver, Canada

 

Fimiston Open Pit, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia

Fimiston Open Pit, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia

Detail: Fimiston Open Pit, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia

Detail: Fimiston Open Pit, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia

 

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Detail: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Detail: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 

Silicon Valley, California, USA

Silicon Valley, California, USA

Detail: Silicon Valley, California, USA

Detail: Silicon Valley, California, USA

 

Three Gorges Dam, Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, China

Three Gorges Dam, Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, China

Detail: Three Gorges Dam, Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, China

Detail: Three Gorges Dam, Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, China

 

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