Google has a cool plan for its ‘crazy structures’ that you unknowingly use every day

Mural

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:

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