Microtropolis NYC art exhibit revealed for Windows 8 launch

Microsoft will be holding its official Windows 8 launch event at Pier 57 in New York City on Thursday for members of the press. The location is also the place that Microsoft will launch a rather unique art exhibit that is designed to celebrate New York City in general.

In a post on the Microsoft Experience blog, the company said it will launch what it calls Microtropolis, a 160 foot version of New York City. The blog states:

Microtropolis is Manhattan experienced through Windows. It creates the ultimate hands-on demonstration of Windows 8, with the city of NYC as the backdrop. As you walk into the installation, you are literally walking through the avenues and streets with skyscrapers towering above. This interactive experience has hundreds of devices placed on rooftops within the city, customized to the neighborhoods in which they are placed.

25 different NYC neighborhoods will be represented in Microtropolis. Microsoft says, "Notable New Yorkers helped us curate Start Screens with the apps and websites they felt best experienced and explore the neighborhoods they call home. To see their curated Start Screens on the various devices is akin to getting an insider’s tour of the city."

Officially, Microtropolis will be open to the public on October 27th from 12 pm to 10 pm and from November 1-3 from 10 am to 10 pm. Microsoft will also be selling Surface tablets at Microtropolis on Thursday night at midnight to 1 am as well as other times in the following days. The company will also be hosting a number of NYC themed events at the exhibit, including film presentations, parties and more.

Source: Microsoft Experience blog | Image via Microsoft

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This is a physical thing?

...what are the buildings made out of? What's the purpose? How does it demonstrate Windows 8?

MidTxWRX said,
This is a physical thing?

...what are the buildings made out of? What's the purpose? How does it demonstrate Windows 8?

This interactive experience has hundreds of devices placed on rooftops within the city, customized to the neighborhoods in which they are placed.

mulligan2k said,

Still dont get it. How is that a Microtropolis?

What devices are on rooftops? Customized how? If they're on rooftops... how will people be able to see them? Dafuq lol

MidTxWRX said,

Still dont get it. How is that a Microtropolis?

What devices are on rooftops? Customized how? If they're on rooftops... how will people be able to see them? Dafuq lol

the company said it will launch what it calls Microtropolis, a 160 foot version of New York City. The blog states:

So you can imagine that the buildings in this will be rather small, and people will likely be taller

Sraf said,
To be clear, I do not think this art installation will be 160 feet tall, rather 160 feet wide

Yeah that's what confused me... 160 ft tall is much taller than a human lol. And if they placed devices on top of these 160ft tall buildings then... yeah I dont see how they could be seen by people.

I'll have to check this out. There was another exhibit a year or so ago where someone had carved out a mini (4 ft x 12ft approx) marble Manhattan, it was impressive in it's detail.