The Google Street View Prank

When Ben Kinsley and Robin Hewlett of Carnegie Mellon University found out that Google Street View is coming to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the duo arranged a more "interesting" view of the street: they staged a marathon, a parade, a mad-scientist laboratory, and even a sword fight!

National Geographic Magazine's Intelligent Travel Blog has the story: Link [with embedded YouTube clip] | The Google Street View of Sampsonia Way - Thanks Marilyn!


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Normally Sampsonia Way is a fairly unassuming street, but when Ben Kinsley and Robin Hewlet, two art school grads from Carnegie Mellon University, found out that the Google Maps Street Team was coming to town, they decided to make things more interesting.
The two, along with a group of friends staged a marathon, a parade, a mad-scientists laboratory, a sword fight, and more, all along the route.
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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...
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