Is That Roof a Masterpiece? Google Earth Says Yes

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Sure your building's got central heat, a doorman and a killer lobby, but how artistic is the roof? For a handful of buildings in New York City, the answer is 'very.' In an effort to provide a little eye candy for those looking down from space, artist Molly Dilworth is converting grungy apartment rooftops into large-scale paintings designed to be viewed from a distance.

"I choose the brightest colors that can be seen from outer space, basically," Dilworth stated in an interview with the New York Daily News. "..."I've spent a lot of time thinking, 'What does painting mean in the digital age?'"Dilworth isn't the first to take advantage of the new perspective. Between 2007 and 2008, the United Kingdom reported three instances of students drawing giant penises, the largest being nearly 60 feet in length, drawn on rooftops and using weed killer on school playing fields for the benefit of a digital audience. In 2008 artist Meredith Coles set up a worldwide version of the kids game "Where's Waldo" by painting the red and white-striped character on a rooftop in Vancouver, Canada. The entire project can be tracked here.

While more people, artists included, are using technology to investigate urban landscapes more than these sky-high masterpieces, Google Earth does present the opportunity to see the world of art from a newer and larger (and potentially more phallic), perspective. This new global view could turn the places we live into blank canvases that are simply awaiting a creative mind.

"I don't want to cover the Earth," stated Dilworth, "but I do want to mark territory where something is happening, and to kind of acknowledge this new view that we have."

More of Dilworth's rooftop paintings can be found on her Flickr page.
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