"Artist and programmer Clement Valla...has collected dozens of images of warped bridges spotted from California to the Catskills.
"Valla's unusual collection puts an alien twist on familiar sights. 'I travel through Google Earth looking for strange mappings of the two dimensional onto the three dimensional that provide fabulous and unintentional distortions. These images are like funhouse mirrors—strange illusions and reflections of the real,' Valla said."
The original article and more pictures are at huffingtonpost.com.
(Thanks to Stan Banos)
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Featured Comment by Sam G.: "Another example of...um...Google Art? Jon Rafman collects images from Google's Street View. It may be more conventional looking than melting bridges but it can be just as surreal."
An explanation of the "melted bridges" effect from GKFroehlich: "The satellite photos Google uses have a particular resolution; that is, there is photo information (color, brightness) at specific grids in X and Y (or Lat and Long). The underlying terrain-elevation model they're using (there are many sources) has much coarser resolution. They project the image info onto the underlying elevation info, but the bridges in these examples fall between the terrain-elevation samples.
Think of it like a large, flexible, photographic print being draped over a terrain model that's a grid of little posts, each representing the elevation at that point. On your print, the image of a canyon falls into the canyon, just as it should, because the posts in the canyon are shorter than the posts representing the higher ground on either side. But unless there are terrain-elevation posts right at the position of the bridge for the image of it to 'land' on, the image of the bridge in your print will also sag into the canyon of shorter posts, and thus will appear as at the link above."
Mike says: Thanks Gary!