Portrait of America

David Datuna became the first artist to incorporate the technology into a public art piece. This is the first artwork in the world to use Google Glass!

This 12-foot American flag sculpture is made up of about 2,000 eyeglass lenses as well as ~400  famous portraits that either magnify or shrink underneath them. These images include historical and contemporary figures who’ve helped shape America into what it is today: George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs and Michael Jackson..

"It's about people who really created this country. It's about people who wanted 
to change this country, build this country. I want to show the American culture, 
the American journey." Datuna

The work is a provocative dive into America’s identity and culture. The sculpture is using GPS locators, therefore when a viewer slips on Google Glass, and directs his gaze at a particular part of the flag, the device begins to play one of more than 50 video or audio clips: Barack Obama’s famous speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a clip of an early Tom and Jerry cartoon. These multimedia features are meant to provoke a reaction from the audience —one that is then recorded and shared in a live stream on the artist’s personal website.



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