I think this is cool, the Virtual Paintout. Each month, the owner of this site (Bill Guffey) chooses a new location (city, island, region, country) and announces the venue. For January 2013, it’s the Isle of Man. For the rest of the month, anyone in the world is encouraged to explore that site via Street View and create a painting based on that perspective. Digital versions of the paintings are published throughout the month, as they’re received, and when the contributors can follow the rules.
It becomes a way for artists to promote their work, but it’s also inspiration to explore the imagery further. Viewing via Street View, versus an overhead, planar perspective, creates a greater sense of place. We need to see more than rooftops alone.