Splash Canvas

Google IO 2021 Collaborative Art Experience

Partnering with Google Events & Experiences to create a unique, but most importantly fun, collaborative experience. For Google IO 2021, we wanted to bring the Google community together in a way where they could create something together.

Looking back into some of our tools, we wanted to make an installation where users could paint a canvas together. Here enters our helpful robots, a grid of paint-filled balloons, and a high-speed camera.  

At the end of I/O, a canvas was made with all the different colors selected by the at-home I/O Audience, and with each pop that audience was sent an epic slow-mo of their balloon falling to its epic crash.

We then created a microsite that lived within the Google I/O Adventure, a digital world representing I/O, that users could wander and explore, and- upon finding the Splash Canvas- could virtually queue up before having their own chance to pop a balloon. In order to pop one, our adventurers had to upvote on their desired color; the highest-ranked color would win and result in an epic pop from our remote robotic artists.


  • Robotics
  • Software Development
  • Creative Technology
  • Design
  • Custom Fabrication
  • Experiential Design
  • Engineering
  • Interactive Installation
  • Project Management
  • R&D / Prototyping
  • Operation / Support


  • Production Design: VTProDesign
  • Creative Director: Hailey Mendoza
  • Senior Producer: Emily Titelman
  • Associate Producer: Abby Murphy
  • Executive Creative Director: Alex Ilten
  • Creative Producer: Sandra Paller 
  • Creative Producer: Mike Lee 
  • Director of Creative Technology: Matthew Wachter Lead
  • Creative Technologist: Metal Hayes
  • Production Director: Hayk Khanjian 
  • Production Manager: Nico Yernazian 
  • Shop Director: Jim Shawhan