Twenty years ago, construction workers in the Israeli town of Lod working under a city street came across something extraordinary: A massive mosaic, laid down almost two millennia before. Now, they’ve found another.
As a transplant Chicagoan, one of my favorite daily rituals is calling 311 to report the potholes that make my street un-driveable. Fellow Chicagoan and artist Jim Bachor is taking a more proactive approach: He's repairing them, but also turning them into tiny little jokes.
You've all seen the effect. There's a picture, but inside that picture lives a thousand little pictures that create the pigment. The effect is called a photo mosaic. And it's easier to make than you think.
This project is from 2010, but it's such an amazing and unusual achievement it's still worth sharing today. Artist Pete Fecteau created a huge mural commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. out of more than 4,000 individual Rubik's cubes, with each square on each cube hand-arranged to create the detailed image you…
From afar, this bird's eye view of Johannesburg looks like a satellite snapshot. But it's not—it's actually a massive, meticulously created mosaic. It contains thousands of fragments of stone and tile, but together, they look amazingly photorealistic.
Mass flip card mosaics are created by having large groups of people in stadium seating hold up cards that, together, form a complete image. In North Korea, these colorful images often serve as propaganda, celebrating the nation's leaders, prescribed lifestyle, and even its nuclear weapons.
For thousands of years, Man made mosaics through shards of clay and ceramic, likely the artistic result of reusing broken pots. Today, we do the same thing, but with our leftover digital content: photos.
How did 20th Century Fox celebrate the new Blu-ray edition of Avatar, an epic tale of love, greed, and survival set in the wondrous jungles of Pandora? They gave a housewife a buncha Blu-ray discs and said, "make a mosaic."