Hyderabad: An aerial photo of a village shaped like a fingerprint and surrounded by green trees is circulating on social media with the claim that the village is in Germany.
The claim that the fingerprint-shaped village is in Germany is FALSE. The image is NOT an aerial photograph.
NewsMeter performed a Google reverse image search and found that the image was a digital creation by artist Jacob Eisinger. This image was published on the cover of February 2015 edition of MODUS Magazine.
Various images of the making of the creation were published on picdit.net under the name Jacob Eisinger. A link to Behance.net is also furnished.
On Behnace, the profile of Jacob Eisinger is listed under Yippiehey Studio page. On this page, the creation is shared with the caption "Human touch Modus cover".
The artist said, "For the issue of Modus Magazine I was asked to create a satellite picture kind of artwork showing a fingerprint shaped city to illustrate "the human touch". Experimenting with cloner objects and dynamic texturing it was a great challenge to figure out the best way to create a crowded place like a city."
We also found the Twitter account of Yippiehey. A tweet from March 2021 read, "I made this artwork lots of years ago but it keeps coming back to me since its my most shared artwork ever on the web. My style evolved quite alot, yet I am still proud of it. What do you think of minting it? #nft #nfts #nftart #cryptoart #digitalart."
We also found the artist's online portfolio.
This claim was debunked by several fact-checking organizations in 2018.
Therefore, the claim that the viral image shows a fingerprint-shaped village in Germany is FALSE.