EPHEMERAL SKYWRITING INSTALLATION

Pi In The Sky

San Francisco, Austin, NYC, Los Angeles

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter … and so much more. PI IN THE SKY plays upon the American colloquialism pie in the sky, a catch phrase for impossible thinking. PI IN THE SKY lives at the nexus of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The skywriting installation in partnership with AirSign USA creates the first 314 characters of Pi’s infinite and non-repeating sequence in a 100+ mile arc over the greater Austin area on International Pi Day March 14 as part of SXSW 2014. Each number is roughly a quarter-mile wide. The radically accessible ephemeral installation lasts approximately an hour-and-a-half and represented the largest ephemeral art installation in Texas history. PI IN THE SKY was first flown over the entire San Francisco Bay Area as an official artwork of the 2012 ZERO1 International Art & Technology Biennial. It will be flown again this year on July 12 over Manhattan and at a date to be determined over Los Angeles, reaching millions of people. During its initial California installation, social media posts from teachers came crashing in. Students captivated by the installation during recess remained engaged back in the classroom. One teacher reported students writing the numbers of Pi on their arms. Enterprising teachers reworked the day’s curriculum to include Pi, providing a national model for curriculum possible across K-12 and higher educational environments. PI IN THE SKY also invoked this email from a scientist with Google[x]: “…memorable day on the XEROX PARC Patio when this took a happy 30 minutes out of everyone’s post-lunch workday until somebody figured it out … triggering wonderfully stimulating speculations in the process.”

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