To bring some appeal to the so-called home of Internet, Google commissioned artists to paint the a layer of life on them via the art of murals.

Retno Wulandari   17 May 2016 15:25

Brilio.net - It seems like data centres are destined to be dull and boring, but Google decided to change that fate. To most people, Google’s faceless data centres are no more than endless rows of servers, with 30 billion queries travelling through them each day. To bring some appeal to the so-called home of Internet, Google commissioned artists to paint the a layer of life on them via the art of murals.

The mural projects were executed at four data centers, and the team hopes to expand the project to even more. According to Mashable, Google has announced facelifts in their two data centres, in Oklahoma and Belgium.

Image by data central mural project

“It may look like a giant canvas, but this is a very special place that plays a special role in the operation of the Internet, which ultimately plays a role in the lives of a lot of people and mine, too,” said Oli-B, the artists who reimagined the cloud on the exterior of a data center in St. Ghislain, Belgium.

He created the mural with dark backgrounds, and brought life into the walls with beautiful paintings of people, animals and objects he saw at the centre and in the surrounding city. The sheep roaming the grounds, a hot air balloon representing an annual festival, and some rainbow coloured eyes are the images that cover the murals.

Image by data central mural project

While Oli-B played with shapes and colours, makeup artist Jenny Odell reimagined satellites with silvers in her mural at Google data centre of Mayes County, Oklahoma. Odell designed four circular collages using images she collected from Google Maps. Each of the circles has its own unique theme: swimming pools, circular farms, wastewater treatment plants and salt ponds.

“Seeing them from a satellite perspective kind of brings out how strange and specifically human they are,” Odell said, “The satellite imagery I used to make this mural at some point passed through a data center like this one.”

See the how the artists applied their magic here:

 

And here’s the amazing before and after scenes:

 

 

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