The faces of monuments and statues blurred-out by Google Street View

Date
22 September 2014
Reading Time
1 minute read

The Google robot is an odd creature. We have Marion Balac to thank for the discovery that, in a bid to maintain the anonymity of the people caught in its shots for Google Street View, the search engine blurs out every single face it comes into contact with. This includes the likes of Las Vegas’ Sphinx monument and giant gold-covered Buddhas, resulting in a bunch of monuments who have been forced into anonymity by the tech giant’s stringent privacy measures.

Much like the eery Camera in the Mirror blog we posted about earlier this year, Marion’s series of screenshots capturing these Anonymous Gods is funny and creepy in equal parts, one of the odd quirks of contemporary culture which seems to resonate in your mind for a moment longer than you’d have liked.

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Marion Balac: Anonymous Gods

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Marion Balac: Anonymous Gods

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Marion Balac: Anonymous Gods

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Marion Balac: Anonymous Gods

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Marion Balac: Anonymous Gods

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Marion Balac: Anonymous Gods

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Maisie Skidmore

Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 as an intern before joining full time as an Assistant Editor. Maisie left It’s Nice That in July 2015.

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