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6 Stunning Photos of the Internet's Hidden Infrastructure

•, By Liz Stinson
The cloud isn't an ephemeral, immaterial place where our pictures just happen to hang out, but rather a series of massive servers, wires and equipment tucked away in high-security buildings. It takes a lot of stuff—power and space—to make sure things run smoothly.

The internet has its own form of architecture, one that we rarely get to see. Timo Arnall, a designer and artist from London, has documented these hidden spaces his new project Internet Machine for Big Bang Data. And it turns out that these spaces are actually quite beautiful.

Arnall gained access to Telefónica, a 65,700 square meter data center in Alcalá, Spain that handles much of Europe's cloud computing services. He wandered the halls for miles, capturing the sprawling  rooms with a Canon 5D. "The server rooms felt like entering an intensive care unit at a hospital," he says. "I felt quite alien, especially as film and photography shoots are always a bit hazardous, you have unwieldy bags, lights and tripods and sound recording equipment."

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