Virtual City by Sang Un Jeon is a physical visualization of the current topography of the World Wide Web. The design reflect the interaction between real people with virtual world, how the technology change our life, how technology change our interaction and how new social media emerge and change the way people interact. The design of “Virtual City” structure sits on the top of a keyboard, where the interaction between the virtual and real world takes place.
Reflecting on how much of our time is spent on the internet, Sang Un 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, while ebay’s 88 million translates to the more conservative grand central terminal. Heading the list is Google, whose 900 million views make it the World Trade Center, while Facebook (750 million) becomes the Empire State building and followed by Wikipedia.
What is Virtual City, Designer Explains
We are living in a world that is connected with real interaction with real people, but we spend ever more increasing amount of time on the Internet, creating this virtual world that deals with pretty much everything we do in real life. We constantly engage and interact with each other through this virtual space, and the current technology have gotten to the point where we can virtually navigate real life street and see what’s out there without bothering to go out and actually see.
Virtual City is a visualization of the current topography of this virtual world called the World Wide Web. Using Google Sketch-up Pro, Rhinoceros and 3d printing, virtualized real-life buildings were re-realized, combined with the initials of the most well established communities on the Internet.
The heights of the individual buildings reflect on the estimated unique monthly visitors of the web site that was combined with the building, thus creating an illustration of combined structures of virtual and real world. Each individual structure sits on top of a keyboard, where the interaction of the virtual and real world takes place.
For more information about the initials of the web sites referenced and buildings used in this “Virtual City” design make sure you check Sang Un Jeon website.
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