Google Street View Is Blurring the Faces of Ancient Gods

My husband Rich Feldman found this for me–and we checked google and it is true!



“Ever notice how all the faces are blurred in Google Street View photos? That happens thanks to a privacy-enabling robot. But it’s not a perfect robot. The Google Street View robot not only blurs the faces of humans but also of statues, despite the fact that statues have no notion of privacy. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Prolific French illustrator Marion Balac certainly believes so. In a new work called “Anonymous Gods,” the artist collects Google Street View images that include statues of gods and their blurred out faces. One’s the Sphinx outside the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. Another is the monument to St. Francis in Caninde, Brazil. There’s even a giant Buddha on the side of a nondescript road in what appears to be China. So many gods. So few faces.”

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I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well ( The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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