Ever wonder what the Google Street View camera looks like? Sure, you've probably seen the weird stick-like thing they put on top of cars. But a new Tumblr is showing off rare images of the hand-powered device that Google uses to create Street View inside of buildings like museums. It's a little bit creepy.

The Camera in the Mirror is a project by Spanish artist Mario SantamarĂ­a that showcases moments when the indoor Google Street View camera accidentally catches itself in a mirror. The device itself appears to be a podium-sized metal case on wheels with a camera on top and a laptop on the side. In some of the photos, you can see a human operator. The images specifically come from Google's Art Project, a pretty awesome three-year-old effort to create visual maps of museum interiors.

The images speak for themselves, and SantamarĂ­a keeps adding more. This little peek behind the scenes just raises more questions about Google's strange Street View pursuits. Why, for instance, is the camera wearing a sparkly silver dress in some of the photos? Is it to protect the artwork in the event of a collision? Or is it to hide the surely proprietary technology Google uses for Street View?

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Either way, it's always a treat when Street View cameras become more interesting than the things they're capturing. [Quartz]

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Images via Google/The Camera in the Mirror