I'm not sure exactly what inspired artists Sembo and Yae of the artist group Exonemo (www.exonemo.com) to create a giant "landscape" painting of the Google homepage, but the results are interesting. The project started in December 2003, and was exhibited from February to April 2004 in Tokyo's Mori Art Museum. In Exonemo's words, the painting is "an analogization of a digital object." The digital is converted to the analog, but the analog is also converted back to the digital – because in his installation, Exonemo directed a webcam onto the painting and streamed the painting (and visitors around it) back online.
The following images are courtesy of Exonemo and document both the creation and exhibition of the project:
The concept sketch of the painting….including the "I'm feeling lucky" button, of course.
The painting is being created. A lamp illuminates the scene, and we can see the Google logo is still missing.
The painting is up.
Two visitors look at a projection from the camera.
A webcam snapshot from the exhibition.
Did anybody buy the painting? Yes, indeed – and no other than Google Inc themselves! Above you can see the painting being carried into the Google Japan office.