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Beach stroll

by QKSLR on May.29, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Tree house

by fasa on May.28, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Rochelle/Fairdale Tornado Damage now Visible in Google Earth

by Timothy Whitehead on May.28, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

We have looked at tornado damage in Google Earth a number of times before, including tornado’s that struck the US towns of:
Pilger, Nebraska and Wessington Springs, South Dakota
Mayflower, Arkansas – May 2014
Moore, Oklahoma – May, 2013
Joplin, Missouri – May 2011
Tuscaloosa and Jefferson County, Alabama – April 2011
Yazoo City, Mississippi – April 2010
Greensburg, Kansas – May 2007

On April 9th, 2015 a tornado struck near the town of Rochelle, Illinois. For ground level videos and photos see this story. Considering the amount of damage visible in Google Earth, it is amazing that only two people lost their lives.

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The image from April 11th, 2015 was captured just two days after the tornado struck and clearly shows the scar left by the tornado right across the image, over 30km.

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About half the town of Fairdale, Illinois was completely destroyed.

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Some houses near the town of Rochelle, Illinois. Notice all the cars lining the roads. Presumably a mix of rescue workers making sure there is nobody still trapped in the debris, news reporters and curious onlookers.

To see the above imagery in Google Earth, you will need to look in ‘historical imagery’. You can also download this KML file which shows the locations of all the tornado’s we have covered in the past including this one.

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Tribute to Charlie Chaplin

by fasa on May.28, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Strawberry

by sashafromdonetsk on May.28, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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This Land Was Our Land – World’s Largest Graffiti Mural

by Timothy Whitehead on May.27, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Yesterday we looked at some large art pieces by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.

Thank you to GEB reader Ryen McPherson for letting us know about a recent Graffiti project on an abandoned airstrip in the Mojave Desert, California, USA. The piece is by a group called ‘Indecline.’ It is not yet visible in Google Earth imagery, but Ryen kindly sent us some aerial photos, which we have put into this KML so you can view them in Google Earth.

If you are wondering what the message means, here is an explanation from ‘Indecline':

When Woody Guthrie penned “This Land is Our Land” in February of Nineteen Forty, the frontier still felt freshly settled and, despite the recent Depression, there was still a prevailing sense of national optimism. Which led us right into the Second Great War, the Atomic Bomb, the Cold War, national paranoia and Red-baiting, the eventual rise of the Corporate State in patriotic opposition to Communism, and finally, as a result of rampant overconsumption, our latest existential crisis of species: Global Warming. We thought, in lieu of all this, that Woody might be due for an update, so we found a decommissioned 3000-by-65-foot runway from an old World War II bomb-testing site, got together a few of our buddies, and made a monument to our rather precarious times.

This Land Was Our Land—both literally, in the sense that acres of remote desert were used up and discarded by our government in order to improve our ability to drop bombs on people in far off lands (who constitute a threat just because they peddle a different set of ideals than us;) and also figuratively, as in we as a species are presently embroiled in the constantly accelerating process of using up and discarding this planet as a whole.

It was ours, and it easily could be ours again. The only thing that needs to change is that we take responsibility for it.

Fight on,

Indecline.

Ryen has said that it is the largest graffiti mural in the world and we believe he is correct. There are larger examples of writing such as the word ‘LUECKE’ written in trees which has been called graffiti, and there was the ‘Steph loves you’ message written in tire tracks, but neither qualifies as a mural. The Guinness Book of Records lists the longest graffiti scroll as ‘Rehlatna’ and at 2.2km it is over twice the length of ‘This Land Was Our Land’. However, ‘Rehlatna’ was not a single mural but rather a continuous wall with many murals along its length. The wall of the ‘Rehlatna’ mural is visible in Google Earth, but you cannot see the murals on it. Find it with this KML file.

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House near the ocean

by sashafromdonetsk on May.27, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Google has found an alien in Rochdale?

by fasa on May.27, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Stuntman

by sashafromdonetsk on May.26, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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The artwork of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in Google Earth

by Timothy Whitehead on May.26, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

We have a number of times looked at art work large enough to see in Google Earth, including some of the largest pieces of art in the world.

Just over a year ago, we had a look at a piece of art called ‘WISH’ by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Although Google Earth does not have any imagery of it, we created an image overlay so that you could see it in Google Earth.

Recently, some imagery of Washington DC, USA, has been added to Google Earth, and it shows another of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s pieces called ‘Out of One, Many’ on the lawn near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Out of One, Many
‘Out of One, Many’ by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.

We had a look at the locations of some of his other large artwork and found one other that is visible in Google Earth’s imagery. It is called ‘Grounding Gratitude’ and is in Paris, France.

Grounding Gratitude
‘Grounding Gratitude’ by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.

We identified the locations of most of his other large pieces, and have created image overlays or photos for you to view in Google Earth by downloading this KML file

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