Online companies such as Google use data centers to store large amounts of data. Although these data centers store an immense amount of information on the inside, they are quite boring on the outside. Google has decided to change this by hiring an artist to paint the outside walls of these buildings. This decision was taken by Google so that it could make the buildings look vibrant. These changes will be made under the Mural Project.
Joe Kava, the Vice-President of Google Data Centers said that people on a regular basis request these structures for sharing pictures, the web, and more. However, people are unaware of how the data flow is managed by Datacenters.
“Because these buildings typically aren’t much to look at, people usually don’t or rarely learn about the incredible structures and people inside who make so much of modern life possible,” says Kava. “To begin to change that, we created the Data Center Mural Project: a partnership with artists to bring a bit of the magic from the inside of our data centers to the outside.”
Under the Data Center Mural Project, two structures have already been painted. Google’s Datacenter in Oklahoma’s Mayes County was given an uplift by artist Jenny Odell. The artist has designed the building by using images from Google maps. The artist has created four collages and each photomontage has a different theme. The themes include swimming pools, salt ponds, circular farms, and wastewater treatment plants.
Datacenter St. Ghislain, Belgium was designed by Oli-B. The design of this data center focuses on the inside and outside surrounding of the town which includes objects, animals, and people.
“It may start with a sketch by Oli-B, but it takes a team to transform the Google data center in St. Ghislain into a vibrant mural,” says Google.
Two other data centers will be given a makeover under the Mural Art project soon. These data centers are in Dublin, Ireland, and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Google is planning to transform 11 other data centers throughout the world. We will have to wait and watch how the exteriors of these data centers are painted.