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Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find much more information about this piece, except maybe of its name Fata Morgana [xn--slarsteinn-gbb.com]. The website features a fully functional Google Maps like view of the world, although the map is reduced to include only place names and does not feature any geographical feature.

Strangely, even this text-only view provides for sufficiently rich visual clues to interpret most of the unique characteristics in our environment.

Thnkx Martin!

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I found this in the source code:

Seasoned explorers, vehemently insisting on what they had seen,
set down mountains and islands on their charts where there was
nothing but empty sky ... Expeditions sent out later to verify
these new lands sometimes saw the same fata morgana, further
confusing the issue. Only by prolonging their arduous journeys,
thereby observing a constant recreding of the image, did they
prove that the land was not there at all.

Fri 06 Aug 2010 at 12:42 AM
Miguel

Some time ago I builded something similiar.. perhaps the difference is that in my case I left all the (zoom) layers visible: http://bestiario.org/research/geo/saturation

Fri 06 Aug 2010 at 3:07 AM

Thnkx Miguel! Good find.

Cool project Santiago!

Fri 06 Aug 2010 at 3:44 AM

Created by Damon Zucconi using Google Maps API v3 styled maps.

http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/javascript/maptypes.html#StyledMaps

Fri 06 Aug 2010 at 4:23 AM
Scott

The unescaped domain is http://sólarsteinn.com/
More from the artist: http://damonzucconi.com/

Fri 06 Aug 2010 at 4:27 AM

Any explanation as to why he erased Israel and Palestine from the map?

I didn't look at other parts of the world. Maybe he did it to other places too.

Fri 06 Aug 2010 at 3:51 PM

Reminds me of this London Kerning poster
http://www.nbstudio.co.uk/londonskerning/index.html

Fri 06 Aug 2010 at 4:01 PM
jason

So is it a special render on the geodata (that are from?) or just a style-tweak for GMaps?

Sat 07 Aug 2010 at 7:04 AM
!i!

Oh praise the lord, there is www.openstreetmap.org so we will never get lost on this ghost map ;)

Sat 07 Aug 2010 at 7:06 AM
!i!

I builded something similiar.So is it a special render on the geodata..

Tue 17 Aug 2010 at 4:22 PM
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