Giant Chrome Browser Floats Above Vancouver’s Waterfront [Video]

Giant Chrome Browser Floats Above Vancouver’s Waterfront [Video]
Arts & Culture

Vistors can interact with Google's 300-foot textile sculpture

Ross Brooks
  • 19 march 2014

As part of TED’s 30th annual conference, Creative Director of the Data Arts Team at Google Aaron Koblin partnered with artist Janet Echelman to create a huge interactive installation that fills the sky over Vancouver’s waterfront. It’s called Unnumbered Sparks, and is actually one giant Chrome window that passersby can interact with.

Even though it’s made from ultralight fibers, the 300-foot long sculpture still has to be anchored to a nearby skyscraper, and claims to be one of the largest textile sculptures ever made.


To leave their mark on the floating web browser, visitors first have to open a website using Chrome or any other mobile browser on their smartphone or tablet. Then, using a color of their choice, they can trace a path along the surface of their device, which is mimicked in real-time on the 300-foot long sculpture above them.

To find out how the installation was made, check out the video below:

Aaron Koblin // Janet Echelman
Source: TNW, Google
Images: Ema Peter

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