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Some of us go on Google Earth to dick around and see if we can spot hookers. Chinese painter Lu Xinjian logged on and emerged with these beautiful portraits of the world’s biggest cities.

While the colours and chaotic lines at first glance seem purely graphical, perhaps even reminiscent of keith haring’s work, the designs actually represent what in architecture is termed ‘city DNA’: the structure and form, whether planned or happenstance, of an urban settlement. The colours of each piece are chosen based on the official city and national flags.

Los Angeles

Hong Kong

Munich

New York

Stockholm

Moscow

[via designboom]

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    stockholm reminds me of macaronis lol

  • http://Website getwitit

    ^ kraft lol