SOFTlab, a New York-based technology and design studio, recently partnered with IBM to create an architectural sculpture for the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona this year. In honor of the host city, SOFTlab enlisted Watson, IBM's famous cognitive platform, to help design a sculpture inspired by Barcelona's patron architect: Antoni Gaudi.
In building the sculpture, SOFTlab fed Watson thousands of images and articles about Barcelona as a whole and Gaudi in particular. Watson then made "conceptual suggestions about form, color, and temperament," according to the project description on SOFTlab's site. The resultant sculpture references the genius architect in several different ways: its iridescent mosaic reminds viewers of the pavilion at Park Guell or the facade of Casa Batllo, and its hanging chains are a undeniable reference to Gaudi's revolutionary gravity-driven models.