French artist Armelle Caron had a very clever idea: take out all the elements from a city grid and line them up, sorted by size. The results are both intriguing and pretty. They also tells a lot about each city. Take New York above and compare it to Istanbul below:

Clearly, two entirely different civilizations and times. Istanbul deconstructed looks like a page of a Klingon book. New York is almost like a computer motherboard. [Armelle Caron via NPR]