Pi in the Sky: The World’s Largest Ephemeral Art Installation over Beautiful San Francisco

Yesterday, on my way to lunch, I looked up and saw it — the world’s largest ephemeral art installation called “Pi in the Sky.” The installation featured planes flying through the San Francisco Bay Area skies, using dot matrix printer technology to write out the first 1,000 digits of the number Pi. Presented as part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, a festival celebrating art and technology in Silicon Valley, the Pi project was the brainchild of ISHKY, an eclectic collaboration of artists, programmers and scientists looking to explore ”the boundaries of scale, public space, impermanence, and the relationship between Earth and the physical universe.” You can learn more about the initiative by watching a video (below) from ISHKY’s Kickstarter campaign:

And here you can watch the art installation in realtime, as we saw it yesterday:

via Gizmodo



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  1. Ilse Von Herzog says . . . | September 13, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    A very cool idea, indeed. But, I drove all the way around the Bay yesterday – Bay Bridge, San Mateo Bridge – and saw this going on. I never saw that they were numbers, it looked too sloppy, not like in the photo. And I’m sorry to be a stick in the mud, but what a waste of energy. There were actually 6 planes, one was following along. People criticize the Blue Angels and then applaud this. I think it’s all a waste.

  2. Emercio Arenas says . . . | September 16, 2012 / 3:43 pm

    Nice idea, but I prefer Art to be cleaner to the environment.

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