How They Made the Giant Interactive Sculpture Hovering Above Vancouver for TED

by Rob Lewis

A public sculpture in Vancouver will celebrate the city's first year of hosting the world-famous TED conference.

Aaron Koblin, the director of Google's Creative Lab collaborated with TED speaker and artist Janet Echelman to build a 745-foot interactive aerial sculpture suspended over Vancouver's Coal Harbour neighbourhood. The artwork, powered by Google, can be choreographed by the public in real-time using their smartphones. The sculpture appears to float between a 24-story skyscraper and the Vancouver Convention Center, the site of the TED2014 Conference.

Below is a newly released video that goes behind the scenes explaining how the sculpture was conceived, built, and installed.


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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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