HAMILTON, New Zealand ~ (Waikato Times/metro.co.uk) ~ The satellite imaging web service Google Earth has captured giant pictographs of penises in grassy lawns, drawn using weed killer.
New Zealand’s version of the Cerne Abbas giant can be found in the grassy open areas on the campus of Fairfield College in Hamilton. Snapped in 2009 by an overhead ICONOS satellite, the cartoonish phallic drawings came to light after househunter David McQuoid stumbled upon them while using Google Maps to search for real estate properties. “At first I thought it was a large piece of art work,” McQuoid told the Waikato Times. The works comprise of six penises, burned into the grass with a type of defoliating chemical, with two wangs being large enough to be photographed from space.
Gerhard Van Dyke, acting principal at Fairfield College, said he plans to contact Google about the images, potentially seen by millions of viewers, to see if they can be altered. However, according to a spokesman for the search company, the overhead Google Earth images came directly from satellite images, unlike Street View images which can be blurred for privacy reasons.
The New Zealand prank echoes a recent effort by Rory McInnes, who painted a 60-foot-long penis on the roof of his parents’ £1 million house after watching a special about Google Earth. Unfortunately for McInnes, his plan to have the roof phallus captured on camera failed as Google Maps continued to show the house in its pristine, uncocked state.
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