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Documents Reveal Design Of Completed Google Barge

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KPIX 5 has obtained an artist's drawing of what a completed Google barge would look like. (CBS)

KPIX 5 has obtained an artist’s drawing of what a completed Google barge would look like. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Documents submitted to the Port of San Francisco have shed new light on Google’s mysterious barge docked off Treasure Island.

KPIX 5 acquired the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request. The records describe the tech giant’s barge as an “unprecedented artistic structure” that will “drive visitation to the waterfront.”

The floating, 50-foot tall behemoth made of recycled shipping containers will sport decorative sails designed to look like fish fins when it is finished.

Artistic renderings of the vessel revealed catwalks throughout and a fourth-floor deck that offers unique views of the San Francisco skyline.

The public records show that the project has been planned for at least one year, from November 2013 to November 2014. Google plans to dock the barge for a month at a time at a number of different locations around the bay.

According to the documents, Google expects the barge to draw around 1,000 visitors a day.

KPIX 5, along with CBS-owned tech site CNET, first reported about the barge off Treasure Island on October 25th.

Google has remained mum about the barge, aside from a brief statement released on Wednesday. The tech giant described the floating structure as an “interactive space where people can learn about technology.”

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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