Friday, 16 October 2009

'Manhatta Projects reveals New York of 1600...'

A New York exhibition has stripped back the concrete jungle that makes up the Big Apple to reveal the literal jungle that was the city 400 years ago.

Entitled the Mannahatta Project, these images show what Manhattan Island must have looked like in 1609, when the English explorer Henry Hudson first sailed up the river that now bears his name.

Using CGI technology, the team behind the Mannahatta natural history project can now pin point any area of Manhattan's 22 square miles to show what it might have looked like four centuries ago.

Imagining Central Park as a blueberry bog with wolves roaming around what is now the Empire State Building, the computer images display how fast the city that never sleeps has grown up.

"We chose the name Mannahatta because it is what the original inhabitants of the island the Lenape tribe called it,' says Dr Eric Sanderson, who heads up the Manahatta team.

"Translated it means 'land of many hills'.'

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1 comment:

Anadæ Effro said...

This is pretty outreal, Ben. Thanks for hipping me to it ~ (•8-D}