515400460_73b5acc354I’m utterly entranced by these “polar panoramas” — 360 degree panoramic images assembled to form a circular image that looks like a tiny planet. There’s a whole Flickr group devoted to polar panoramas, along with the related “Create Your Own Planets” pool. The resulting images hold the same sort of magical fascination for me as do snow globes or the insides of mechanical time pieces. Behold, a few images from the Flickr pool, (there are too many gorgeous ones to pick from, so I’ve chosen only those panoramas based on images taken in or around Chicago – click directly on the image to be taken to the photo’s original Flickr site). Can I go live inside one of these for awhile, please?

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Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.