Mapping Urban DNA

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Painter Lu Xinjian uses Google Earth views of major urban centers as the starting point for his intriguing series called City DNA. Beginning with Google’s aerial views, he initiates the pieces by sketching a “map” of each city. He then creates stencils and finally paints with acrylics on canvas. The color schemes are based on official city and national flags. The resulting complex and colorful abstract forms illuminate the idiosyncratic geography and organization of each urban center.

Can you identify which painting is New York, London, Stockholm, Los AngelesĀ or Shanghai ?

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