I chose to research James Dive, and his team of designers, who call themselves “The Glue Society.”  James have recently gained popularity after his most recent exhibition a few months back in which he took google earth images, and created them into four different scenes from the bible.  He spent over three months, searching for imagery on Google Earth, and researching the actual medium itself.  Much thought had to be put into shadows, color, and seasons.  Such as the ocean color becoming lighter as it reaches the shore, and how this might look accordingly as it should for the Red Sea.  The results James came up with are visually and mentally stimulating.

Although the images themselves are not of actual places in real life, (he took multiple satellite images and stitched them together, to make them appear as close to the biblical environment) you could never tell.  He used a hill for the crucifixion of Christ.  For the Ark, he had to find a mountain that had been completely surrounded by water, to make it seem as though the waters were receding.  The Moses piece uses parts of Niagra falls, deserts and the Red Sea, where the parting claims to have taken place.  The image of the garden of eden is actually from Belgium.  He drew out most of the new imagery to be included on paper, and then used a 3D modeling studio to make his designs 3 dimensional over the course of 3 weeks.

I think part of what I find so entertaining about his pieces, is the approach and medium.  Its funny how much trust we put into Google, and the internet.  We never question the authenticity of Google maps, yet when we put something like religion into the formula, and spin it around like James did, it becomes intelligent and thought provoking.  This hyper-reality allows events that may not have ever occurred to become surprisingly realistic.

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