Bits & Bytes, 2014, 60″ x 60″
Océ VariaDot UV inkjet print on .125″ 6061 Aluminum plate
with random orbit finish and UV protective matte clear coat finish
Fifth of eight artworks that tell the story of Silicon Valley,
installed at the San Jose Marriott, Ballroom Pre-function Area (Mezzanine Level)
Bits & Bytes is a visual nod to the programmers who generate the machine code, the zeroes and ones, and write the programming code that is used in computers and the vast array of devices, internet-based industries and apps. This coding underlies the digital revolution pioneered in Silicon Valley.
From the beginning of the silicon wafer integrated circuit revolution, which led to the term Silicon Valley, the programmers or coders have played an important and parallel role alongside the advances in material science. Coders brought functionality and meaning to the stream of bits and bytes running through the circuitry. Many of the more recent waves of successful Silicon Valley based internet companies, such as Facebook and Google, owe their phenomenal success and growth to the combination of creative insight with powerful coding ability. It is this coding talent, so much part of Silicon Valley, that is saluted in this artwork.
An indication of the continued growth of coding in Silicon Valley can be seen, for example, in the growth of the number of sessions (420%) and attendance (720%) of the Silicon Valley Code Camp between 2006 and 2013. The demand for programmers is high: major job search site has over 1000 programming job positions open in Silicon Valley as of September 2014.
The Silicon Valley Series