In case you were in doubt that Silicon Valley is one of the geekiest places in the world, this stunt should do the trick and convince you once and for all.
The “Pi In The Sky” artwork was created by an artist called “Ishky” alongside Stamen Design for the 2012 Zero1 Biennial.
It saw several skywriters take to the skies over the San Francisco Bay area to write out the number “Pi” to 1000 decimal places.
For those of you, who like me, spent most of your high school mathematics classes trying not to fall asleep (and often failing) ‘Pi’ is the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference and is usually quoted at 3.14. However this is just the beginning, if you want to get up close and personal with “Pi” it can calculated to an infinite number of decimal places.
Last year, someone with nothing better to do calculated it out to 10 trillion places, that’s a serious amount of numbers and why anyone would want to know that much about a circle is beyond me, but anyways…
Unlike your maths homework, the “Pi in the sky” creation was temporary, so by the time the skywriters were completing the final digits the 3.14 at the start had long since vanished from view.
One of the best things about this stunt, is the group of people heard in this video clip trying to figure out what the hell is going on in the skies above them. At first they think the aerial digits are a phone number before it dawns on them that it is slightly longer than your average one!
There is a little bit of swearing, so depending on how your employer feels about naughty words – it might be considered just slightly NSFW.
You can find ‘Pi in the Sky’ on Facebook