Exploratorium: Live VFX – Obscura

One of the coolest projects I worked on at Obscura Digital was for the opening night of the new Exploratorium, “a twenty-first century learning laboratory,” in San Francisco, Ca.

Exploratorium "Cloud Tank"
Exploratorium “Cloud Tank”

The client wanted to do a massive projection-mapped project of the front of the building to commemorate the opening. Obscura proposed creating all the content for the projections using only live visual effects. Nothing was to be computer generated.

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Google ChromeBook Pixel – Exploded View

I built this display when Google came out with a brand new laptop in 2013 called the ChromeBook Pixel. This was the first laptop they designed and built from the ground up. Google approached Obscura Digital to make an exploded view display, four actually, that would reveal all the design they were so proud of. I worked closely with Google on the concept and design of the display, then received a box of laptop parts. I meticulously glued the tiny parts and assembled each display by hand. All this was originally done under NDA and with code-names and super hush-hush as the computer had not even shipped yet.

Google Chromebook Pixel Exploded View Display
Google Chromebook Pixel Exploded View Display

One of the features of the display is that each platform can rotate on a central post to reveal the layer beneath, and allow each of the four displays to be “posed” to highlight different elements. The clear acrylic bases allows the viewer to see through each layer and grasp how the computer is assembled.

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