Hypnotic 3D Map Shows New York City as Moving Bits of Light

(Union Square)

Check out this new 3D Interactive Map from Mapzen engineer Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, based on the work of Ryoji Ikeda, which represents the various surfaces in the city with blocks of moving light.

Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese artist and electronic musician known for his mathematical, almost monochromatic explorations of light and patterns. […] Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, a graphic engineer at Mapzen, has channeled Ikeda to create a spinning, 3-D view of the city torn from a universe of pure data. Skyscrapers have become flashing, scrolling monoliths, and traffic white veins of rushing rectangles. All else is void, pure blackness.

You can play with the map here, but you may get better results if you resize your browser window to a smaller rectangle first.

via Citylab

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