GOOGLE’S “UNNUMBERED SPARKS” INTERACTIVE LIGHT SCULPTURE IS COOLEST NERD ART EVER

March 25, 2014  |  art, Tech

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Google took a momentary break from mining the world's data for its forthcoming SkyNet launch this Summer to turn their chrome web browser into the biggest piece of nerd art in history—and it actually turned out cool. Titled Unnumbered Sparks, the piece is a giant textile sculpture created in collaboration by Google Creative Lab's Aaron Koblin and sculptor Janet Echelman that's made up of millions of interwoven ultra-light fibers that bring the piece to life with pulsing light and graphics. Spanning 745 feet between buildings in downtown Vancouver from March 15-22 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the TED conference, the piece was a monumental interactive sculpture in the sky whose constantly-changing psychedelic patterns were choreographed by visitors in real time through their mobile devices to create a sort of beautiful crowd-controlled flying jellyfish. Amazingly, however, looking at the sculpture, people were actually seeing the world's largest web browser. The lighting on the sculpture is actually a single fullscreen Google Chrome window over 10 million pixels in size with visuals rendered entirely in WebGL, a web technology that gives developers access to the GPU for ultra-fast graphics processing.

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