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August 20, 2015

How Google Maps Inspired Julian Opie’s Art

Text by Wyanet Vaz

With the quiet Northern European landscape and a little help from Google Street View, Julian Opie draws up a winter    

Winter. by Julian Opie reminds us of our favourite navigation app – Google Maps. However, unlike the twists and turns you encounter in bustling Mumbai, his prints are soothing and definitely belong to a calmer time zone. No prizes for guessing, this series of 75 prints actually represent a circular walk taken by the artist through the French countryside.

‘I took a walk around my house in France, finishing at the same spot I started from, and taking a photograph every forty paces’, explains the renowned British artist.  He describes the weather as ‘harsh, but beautiful’ and it reflects in the various shades of green, floating from a bright shade to a dull military olive. His prints are inspired by 17th century Dutch landscape paintings and street views on Google Maps.

‘This landscape has a lot of emotional attachment for me. The actual valley depicted is now ruined by a high-speed train track that cuts right through it and this walk is no longer possible’, muses Julien.

Winter. by Julian Opie is on show at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai till 13th September 2015.

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