Where's Waldo? Try Using Google Earth Artist Melanie Coles loved looking for the stripe-shirted character in the children's book series Where's Waldo?. Coles recently made a giant Waldo, placed him on a roof in Vancouver and is waiting for Google Earth to find him.
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Where's Waldo? Try Using Google Earth

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Time now to check in with the Bryant Park blog and our blogmaven Laura Conaway is back from a couple days at the mother ship.

LAURA CONAWAY: Yes, I am. Good morning.

MARTIN: Welcome back.

CONAWAY: Glad to be back in New York City with the BPP.

MARTIN: What's going on in our online universe?

CONAWAY: You guys are just - I go away for a couple days and I come back and you guys are just working like crazy.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: Ian Chillag is here with me. He did this cool slideshow, which we just threw up in about two and a half minutes.

IAN CHILLAG: Hey, yeah, we got this one up there. This is - remember "Where's Waldo?" books?

MARTIN: Of course.



CHILLAG: Well, this artist in Vancouver, Melanie Cole, she's 22. She thought, well, as I was a kid, you know, I used to spend hours looking over these things. She says this is what people do now with the Internet. They just spend hours looking. And things like Google Earth, you're actually spending hours looking for things. So she made a giant Waldo, put him on...

CONAWAY: It's really giant.

CHILLAG: Really giant. It's 23,000 square feet. Put him on...

STEWART: I'm looking at it right now. Wow.

(Soundbite of laughter)


STEWART: It's worth...

CHILLAG: She put it up on a rooftop in Vancouver and she's waiting for Google Earth's satellites to pick it up, so that you can actually play "Where's Waldo?" on Google Earth.


CHILLAG: And I asked her about, you know, this is a totally new medium. You're using Google Earth for art and she had something really interesting to say to that.

Ms. MELANIE COLE (Artist): In ancient times, people were making these large figures on the Earth that could only be seen from the sky, at the time when there was no Google Earth or helicopters or airplanes. And so those works, they were just surrendered to the gods, but at this point in time, everyone can access these images, not just the gods.

MARTIN: She...

CHILLAG: That was pretty cool, you know.

MARTIN: It is kind of cool.

STEWART: It is kind of cool.

CONAWAY: A slideshow classic. Yeah, and the slideshow's pretty sweet. Ian, thank you for doing that.

CHILLAG: You're welcome.

CONAWAY: Very cool.

CHILLAG: Welcome back.

CONAWAY: Can we just play some of my new favorite song.

STEWART: Yes, go for it.

CONAWAY: It's Erykah Badu's "Honey." That's what it's called, right?


(Soundbite of song "Honey")

Ms. ERYKAH BADU: (Singing) So tell me, Slim, what it's gonna be. It don't be like this usually.

CONAWAY: The other thing that happened while I was gone was Alison opened a thread about the video of this song.

STEWART: Yeah, it's really interesting. They used chroma key. It's somebody walking through a store and picking up album covers, and on some of the album covers, they're recreated with Erykah Badu in them. So there's a bunch of them. There's got to be 12 or so. And so I asked people if they could identify these album covers, because not all of them are classics.

CONAWAY: And our listeners are amazing.

STEWART: Yeah, they jumped right on this. I took sort of the obvious one, "Three Feet High and Rising" by De La Soul, because it's hot pink and she's got the flattop going on.

CONAWAY: But there's some really obscure stuff in here. I mean, "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic, "Paid in Full," Eric B. and Rakim. Stuff that you just - you know, you have to know it to see it on sight, going by in a video like that. I was amazed.

STEWART: Ohio Players, saw that one.

CONAWAY: Yeah, that's totally cool.

STEWART: Morrison, Olivia Newton John, "Physical."

CONAWAY: Diana Ross doing "Blue." So there's back and forth about whether it really was the Gorillaz's "Demon Days." I'm still not sure.

STEWART: Yeah, there - or was it "Let it Be"

CONAWAY: Yeah. Thank you for doing it. It was awfully sweet.

STEWART: If you want to check it out, I think - I don't know if we've got them all, but you know, if you want to join the fun. That's where to go.

CONAWAY: Find Waldo, find the album covers.

(Soundbite of laughter.

STEWART: All right, go to our blog npr.org/bryantpark, and also join us at twitter.com/bpp. We also have a Facebook group, npr.org/bppfacebook. Thanks, Laura. Thanks, Ian.

MARTIN: Yeah, thanks you guys. We appreciate it. That's it for this hour of the BPP. Thanks for being with us as always. We're online all the time. You know where it is, npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Rachel Martin.

STEWART: And I'm Alison Stewart and this is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.

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