When you search for something on Google, your near-instant answer comes courtesy of one of the company’s enormous data centres, located all around the world.
In an attempt to shed some light on the hidden brains behind all of its technology, Google is embarking on a mission to “bring a bit of the magic” to the exteriors of those data centres via the Data Center Mural Project.
Google has paired up four artists with Google engineers to create a series of stunning designs, with plans to extend the efforts to its other data centres around the world.
Take a closer look:
Odell decided to create collages using digital snippets that she cut out of Google Maps satellite imagery.
She composited pictures of circular farms, swimming pools, parts of waste water treatment plants, and salt ponds into four circles.
To get Odell's designs off the computer and into the real world, painters use an electric pen to trace the images onto paper, burning lines of small holes that ultimately transfer the correct outline to the wall when chalk dust is rubbed over them.
Overall, 125 swimming pools, 206 circular farms, 77 salt ponds, and 964 wastewater treatment plants speckle across the data center wall.
Odell says she hopes that her mural will help cultivate an appreciation for data centres as 'these really crazy structures that you are in some way interacting with every single day.'
She also wants the work to conjure a sense of pride for the people who work so hard to maintain the inner workings of the data center.
He's created artwork on walls all around Belgium, but the data center had been his largest scale project.
To create his designs, he walked around the inside of the data center, pulling out little elements that he would eventually merge together on its exterior.
He also tied in elements from Belgian life. This balloon represents the annual festival, L'Ascension à Saint-Ghislain.
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