Olympics + Art + Google = cool (...until Feb 28)

One of my favourite international artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has created this awesome interactive installation for the Vancouver Olympics (using the Google Earth API): http://vectorialvancouver.net

“Vectorial Elevation” is an interactive artwork that allows you to direct powerful light beams and transform Vancouver’s skyline using Google Earth between February 4 - 28, 2010  
Each night user-programmed displays are queued up and projected into the sky above the bay - controlling 200,000W of robotic lights right from within the Google Earth API

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From what I can gather from the site - it has already had 2k projection designs uploaded  & 2.5m "hits" (?) since it launched yesterday (Feb 5).

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This website includes a virtual model of Vancouver where you are able to design “light sculptures” with 20 robotic searchlights located along English Bay. Once you are happy with your design you submit it together with your name, location and dedication or comments. Every night from dusk to dawn new designs are quietly rendered sequentially as they are added to a queue. The project automatically creates a personal webpage for each participant, documenting his or her contribution with views from4 project webcams. With a 15 Km visibility radius, the installation intends to blend the virtual space of the Internet with one of the most emblematic public spaces in Vancouver.

This website includes a virtual model of Vancouver where you are able to design “light sculptures” with 20 robotic searchlights located along English Bay. Once you are happy with your design you submit it together with your name, location and dedication or comments. Every night from dusk to dawn new designs are quietly rendered sequentially as they are added to a queue. The project automatically creates a personal webpage for each participant, documenting his or her contribution with views from4 project webcams. With a 15 Km visibility radius, the installation intends to blend the virtual space of the Internet with one of the most emblematic public spaces in Vancouver.  The installation —considered one of the world’s largest interactive artworks— is by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and is part of CODE, the Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition.