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Street Ghosts by Paolo Cirio Represents the Misappropriation of Data

By: Meghan Young - Published: Sep 26, 2012 • References: streetghosts.net and psfk
The Street Ghosts graffiti series was inspired by Google street maps. When Google started traveling around the world, capturing footage of places in order to provide people will a more accurate and immersive experience when looking for a specific location, they inadvertently took shots of people as well. The Street Ghosts series revolves around those people.

Created by international artist Paolo Cirio, with help from Adalky Capellan, Max Fox and John Bussiere, the Street Ghosts series essentially places the randomly captured people back where they were originally shot. By printing life-sized color posters of these individuals, he was able to paste them on the walls of public buildings.

Cirio writes about the Street Ghosts project, "I exposed the specters of Google’s eternal realm of private, misappropriated data: the bodies of people captured by Google’s Street View cameras."