This sign in front of the new Corner 365 apartments is attracting attention — just as Mike Garvey hoped it would. WICHITA — The popular Google pin drop, which pinpoints sites on Google maps, has been popping up in a number of strange places worldwide.
For instance, the British tabloid Metro did a story last week about the red Google A, which looks like an upside down teardrop, showing up in a Berkshire roundabout. The paper quoted someone who questioned if it could be linked to a mysterious ghost child who supposedly haunts a nearby bridge.
Artist Aram Bartholl has a project in which he erected a giant red letter A in some cities on the spots that Google says are the centers of the cities.
Now, Wichita's Builders Inc. has a red A in front of its apartments, Corner 365, under construction at the southeast corner of First and Waco.
No one has questioned if a ghost child is involved, but some have wondered if the A might denote what Google thinks is the center of Wichita. That's not the case, though.
Builders Inc. president Mike Garvey says he was online one day when he saw a man in Germany standing in front of a building with what looked like the Google pin in front of it.
Garvey says he realized it was an imposter pin, but he says, "I was like, that's a great idea."
Hoping to bring attention to the apartments, Garvey had a sign company make him a similar pin.
"Some people have noticed it," he says. "Maybe people drive by it and think it's a Google pin."