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

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.