virtual internet city by sang un jeon virtual internet city by sang un jeon
jun 10, 2012

virtual internet city by sang un jeon

‘virtual city’ by sang un jeon represents the current topography of the internet, with buildings whose height is matched to the unique monthly readers of popular websites

designed by korean-born media artist and RISD MFA candidate sang un jeon, ‘virtual city‘ is a physical visualization of the current topography of the world wide web, interfaced to a keyboard (‘where the interaction of the virtual and real world takes place’, jeon explains).

reflecting on how much of our time is spent on the internet, jeon represented each of several major websites with a real-world building whose height reflects the estimated unique monthly visitors of that service provider. twitter with its 250 million unique views becomes the new museum in manhattan, NY, while ebay’s 88 million translates to the more conservative grand central terminal. topping the list is google, whose 900 million views make it the world trade center, while facebook (750 million) becomes the empire state building and wikipedia (350 million) the gherkin building in london.

representing structures from throughout the united states, london, and beijing, the project emphases the lack of national boundaries of the internet. in the ‘virtual city’, each building is located on the key for the first letter in its name.

sang un jeon utilized google sketch-up pro and rhinoceros to re-realize the buildings, which were each 3D printed and mounted to a keyboard. more information about the letters on the project page.

view from above

perspective view

each letter becomes a building, its height determined by the monthly visitors of a correlated website

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top view sketch of the buildings and letters

perspective render

the cityscape

shaded perspective render

detail on the twitter ‘t’ key

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