They’re Hidden In Walls All Over The World. And You’re Going To Want To Find Them, Trust Me.

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There’s a new kind of treasure hunt taking place all over the world. You just need to know where to look.

This treasure, however, isn’t buried on an uninhabited island, it’s all around us. And there’s another twist: the treasure chests are USB drives hidden in plain sight, and the gold is what’s on them.

They’re hidden in walls and other surfaces around the world.


Each one is an offline file-sharing community, where the users are anonymous adventure seekers.


All you need to participate is a USB capable device – and you’re in. An artist named Aram Bartholl has been placing them with nothing but a “readme.txt” file explaining how the project works.


Bartholl, a Berlin-based artist, started placing the USBs 5 years ago and has since seen others join in and replicate his work – building a large international community.


Because of its popularity, there is quite a broad list of locations that the eagle eyed adventurer can spot. Such as…


Pont Des Arts, Paris



Palais De Tokyo, Paris


Hanoi, Vietnam


Cagliari, Italy


Salzberg, Austria


Folsom, California


Dakar, Senegal


Source: Messy Nessy Chic

This past summer, a database of the project was started as a means of locating and documenting the hidden USBs. If you’e feeling up to it, you can start planning out your own quest to find the one nearest – or furthest – from you. You can also follow Bartholl on Twitter and keep up to date on new ones added.

Share this cool project with your friends and get ready to go on an adventure!

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