Angry Tundra: see first posting March 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Who's behind the mysterious KTG- creations?

More Google Earth art at this website. I hope to get a reply from the artist, I couldn't find his name on his website. Sometimes I have a blind eye for things and can't find the obvious. This is probably one of those times....

Monday, March 24, 2008

Deep in the Sahara forest

oil on canvas 100 * 100 cm

It took a while, but here's my Sahara forest. Forest? Yes it was a forest only 6000 years ago. That's about as long as recorded history of mankind, but in geological terms not even yesterday, but a minute ago! Just to show how climate change can have huge impacts, whether it's our doing or not.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

GE art on Google Earth Community Forum

Yesterday I proposed to start a new forum within the Google Earth community. So far I got one reaction. It links to an exposition of Santiago Espeche, an argentine artist, exposing at the Argentine Consulate, New York, between 6-26 March 2008. If I understand correctly these are large prints of satelite photo's. Here's a link to an article (in Spanish) about his work:

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Lasmeninas and Jennifer Walton

I've been searching the internet for other Google Earth art. I finally found an Italian artist by the name of Lasmeninas. He uses Google Earth to make cityscapes from the air. Wonderfull shadows and light. I started a Google Earth links on the blog.
Also check out Jennifer Walton's site in the links. Great stuff, I am realy impressed.
In my view it is inevitable that Google Earth will unleash a new form of landscape art, that artists around the world get the same idea more or less at the same time. A good enough reason to get together as a community on the internet?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Melting ice-capped mountaintops for you

"Melting ice-capped mountaintops for you" oil on canvas 100 * 100 cm

The title comes from an old Lou Reed song on his famous 1973 "Transformer" album. It's the earliest reference I rember to climate change and descibes the image well. It's somewhere along the coast of Greenland where the "rivers of ice" flow directly into the sea in the form of huge icebergs. If we had Google Earth ten years ago you would have seen that the big ice river shown here would have been much longer.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

First posting

Angry Tundra oil on canvas 100*100 cm

I have to start somewhere, so why not in Siberia?
I was inspired by the incredible 5 part BBC television documentary "Power of the Planet" to go look for the effects of global warming on the Tundra areas in Siberia -using Google Earth - how else would I get there? In the series a scientist shows how the melting tundra causes enormous amounts of methane to build up under the numerous lakes in the area. She hacks a hole in the frozen water and lights up the outflowing methane. The result was a flare several meters high! Anyway, this melting tundra is an extra worry for climate scientists because methane has a far greater warming effect than CO2. So I went looking for a strong image to convey the feeling. It resulted in a painting which further develops my emotional response to what's happening there. Hence the title:
Angry Tundra.