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Street With A View – Google Maps art hack

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Street With A View – Google Maps art hack


Sampsonia Way is a 9 block, one way alleyway in Pittsburgh, PA. It also happens to be the most exciting street in the world when viewed through Google Street View, thanks to the efforts of a neighborhood, two artists, and a conspiring Street View team.

On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more…

If you knew when the Street View car was coming through your neighborhood, what would you do to welcome it?

Street With A View
Sampsonia Way In Street View

12 thoughts on “Street With A View – Google Maps art hack

  1. JacqueChadall says:

    I think they’ve changed things because I couldn’t find the garage band or parade and marathon. There was also a view that was taken on a bright sunny day in the middle of the street when the rest were taken on a rainy day.

    Oh wait, the two different links are for TWO different streets. One is Sampsonia WAY and the other is Sampsonia STREET.

    –Jacque Chadall

  2. Your links are incorrect says:

    I was also disappointed and almost thought the whole thing was retarded until I read the comment about the links being messed up, I didn’t see any of the stuff until I clicked on the scenes page, but I’ll not waste my time looking back at the other stuff.

  3. John Mack says:

    Ok I can see a
    someone hidding in a big bottle of sauce/beer bottle next to shop.. junction Sampsonia Way Sampsonia St and Arch St
    big defrosted chicken.. junction Sampsonia Way and Arch St.
    A Cat being rescued from a tree.. junction Sampsonia Way and Firemen Way.
    The Sword Fight..

    that’s about it..

  4. Michael Fusion says:

    organize a “no pants day”

    lay down in the street

    hang upside down from something

    make a sign that says “hi mom”

    set up enough cameras to make a composite of the car in it’s space.

    organize a flash mob

    have a ticket tape parade for the car

    laser tag the camera so the space doesn’t exist, at least until they realize the space and re do it….this probably not because it’s mean

  5. Jason Striegel says:

    Sorry guys, the link I put in is correct (you can see two guys swordfighting), and you can cruise up the street, but there is a jog in the road which goofs things up a bit. Go to the following url to get direct links to the best parts:

  6. john says:

    What was at 402 Samsonia where the whole screen went blank for one frame

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