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:

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  • Ilse Von Herzog says:

    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.

  • Emercio Arenas says:

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

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