Pi In The Sky: Pilots 'Skytype' Pi To 1,000 Places

September 15, 2012


Because what better way to brag to aliens that we know numbers, a group of pilots skytyped (the numbers were created with puffs of smoke and not written with loopty loops) pi to 1,000 digits above San Francisco earlier this week. Above LA? Pure smog. Some days you can't even see taller people's faces.

The "Pi In The Sky" skywriting event required five planes flying in sync in a loop over 100 miles long to fit it all in. The piece was created by an artist called "Ishky," working with Stamen Design, for the 2012 Zero1 Biennial.

There's a video of some of the writing going down after the jump, which, if I had anything to do with it, would have read 3.1415PEN15. "You love those things." They're so weird!

Hit the jump for a couple more shots and a video of the skytyping in action.



  • ZomBBombeR

    "i know pi to a thousand places, i ain't got no grill but i still wear braces, i order all of my sandwiches wit mayonaise i'm a whiz at mine sweeper i can play for days" Lmao, all i can think of after seeing that.

  • Aalok

    All I can think of is that song by DatA - "Skywriter"

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    wouldn't been easier to print it out on little cards and then just use one plane and drop them out on the masses? maybe even an occasional water balloon?

  • Michael Knight

    pi tastes SO good.

  • Apuldan

    I was expecting Pinkie.

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