The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

31. 9 Eyes of Google Street View by Jon Rafman, 2009

Google has done a lot for our lives. It has provided us with a powerful search engine, social media accounts, breaking news, and even a new verb. But in the world of art, Google has found itself as an accessory to another cultural addition—Jon Rafman's 9 Eyes of Google Street View. In Google's attempt to photograph the streets of the world, they sent out a fleet of vehicles armed with nine-eyed cameras (nine cameras attached to single pole). Beginning in 2008, Rafman began to gather images of fleeting moments from Google Street View's collection of snapshots. The concept is simple, but its implications are far-reaching. Rafman highlights the pointed representation that Google gives to our contemporary society: faces, landscapes, moments of unplanned joy, destruction, and obscurity have their moments.

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