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That Google barge: have sails, will travel


More information on that Google barge was revealed today by SFGate, including an artist’s rendering showing that it will be equipped with giant sails.

When completed, the full package is envisioned to be an “unprecedented artistic structure,” sporting a dozen or so gigantic sails, to be moored for a month at a time at sites around the bay […]

“We believe this curious and visually stunning structure will be a welcome addition to the waterfront, an experience unlike any other,” the proposal says …

It’s still not 100 percent clear exactly how the barge will be used, Google having only said that it will be used as an “interactive space to teach people about its technology.”

Documents submitted to the Port of San Francisco describe it as a “temporary technology exhibit space” which will be used by “local organizations to engage with guests and gain visibility in a unique way.” This suggests that it will be used for community events and to showcase other company’s offerings as well as Google products and services.

Whatever it is, the barge’s backers expect it to draw 1,000 visitors a day as it sails from spot to spot around the bay. Among the envisioned mooring sites are Piers 30-32 and other San Francisco docks, Fort Mason, Angel Island, Redwood City and Rosie the Riveter Historical National Park in Richmond.

The idea is to stay at each spot for a month. Eventually, the barge would sail off to San Diego and other West Coast ports.

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