The veil from the mysterious Google barge has lifted as, per reports, Google has explained the purpose of the secret barge.
The mystery barge is intended to be an exhibition center. Previous reports speculated that the mysterious barge, which belonged to Google and was spotted floating in San Francisco bay, was intended to host parties and was not a secret lab or data center.
"The barge portion of the Google barge mystery is only half the story - 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. Documents submitted to the Port of San Francisco show that the barge's creators have big plans for the bulky box now docked at Treasure Island," per a report.
On Wednesday, November 6, Google acknowledged for the first time the existence of the floating structure.
"Google Barge ... A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it's still early days and things may change, we're exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology," said Google.
The exhibition space is expected to be docked in various places around the bay, before setting sail for other cities in the West Coast. The barge will also be covered in sails.
The documents were submitted to the Port of San Francisco by By and Large LLC, which refers to the floating structure as a "studio" and "temporary technology exhibit space." The document reveals that the vessel's goal is to "drive visitation to the waterfront."
Per the document "the artistic structure combines innovative architecture with a bit of nautical whimsy, creating a surprising environment that inspires conversation, community and 'a-ha' moments."
The document also reveals that the barge's exhibit space will be for "local organizations to engage with guests and gain visibility in a unique way."
"We envisioned this space with community in mind," says By and Large. "A surprising environment that is accessible to all and inspires conversation about how everything is connected - shorebirds, me, you, the sea, the fog and much more."