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People Fooled Into Thinking Google Maps Captured 'Freshly Buried Bodies In Their Graves'

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People Fooled Into Thinking Google Maps Captured 'Freshly Buried Bodies In Their Graves'

An eerie photo made people think they had seen a grim discovery on Google Maps.

The photo shows what appears to be a Google Maps satellite image with an aerial view of two bodies lying in freshly dug graves.

The pictures show open graves with large piles of soil heaped up next to them, that look perfectly sized to the men.

Credit: Reddit/Miller & Shellabarger
Credit: Reddit/Miller & Shellabarger
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People on Reddit seemed to be drawn in by the image.

One said: "I mean... I get how you can sort of 'plan' some shenanigans when the street view car is driving around... But how on earth do you know when a satellite is taking your picture?"

Another wrote: "Am I the only one who noticed there are no shovels in this photo?"

A third agreed, commenting: "I find it unsettling that there are no shovels in the frame."

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But although it might look creepy af, there's a logical explanation behind it. It's actually a performance piece.

As another Redditer said: "Stan Shellabarger and Dutes Miller, two excellent artists from Chicago.

"They're partners who make art about love, distance and death, and in this project they've dug a tunnel between their graves, so that they can holding hands."

The image was taken by a crane, with an overlay put on top.

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The pieces was called 'Untitled (Graves)' and was created by the two artists and shown at a Western Exhibitions art gallery in Illinois.

Western Exhibitions' Principal Scott Speh told the Express: "Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger each dig a grave in correlation to their individual body sizes.

"They then lay in the grave and dig sideways so that they can hold hands eternally, metaphorically speaking.

"This iteration of the piece was completed in Portland, Oregon as part of the Time Based Arts Festival put on by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art."

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In an interview a few years ago, Miller said that 'mortality is a theme that runs through a lot of the work'.

Credit: Miller & Shellabarger
Credit: Miller & Shellabarger

As reported by The Express, he said: "I think as we have gotten older it comes through more prevalently just because we are dealing more with mortality in a way.

"We're not that old, but we're not twenty. You don't think about that so much when you're twenty. Well, I don't think I did.

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"We've also read some Derrida and one of his ideas about friendship is that, 'When you become friends with someone, really truly friends with them, at that point you begin mourning because you know one of you will die before the other one.'

"That's particularly true in romantic relationships. It's just in some ways a plain fact, but in other ways it shows you have to have a really strong emotional bond to face that."

Featured Image Credit: Miller & Shellabarger

Amelia Ward
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