Watch What Happens When Thousands of People Battle to Make Pixel Art at the Same Time

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The world was given a slight reprieve from the unbearable antics of April Fools’ Day this year given the festivities fell on a Saturday. But Reddit also did its part to make April 1 a little more bearable with a collaborative art project that saw thousands of users painstakingly creating pixel art, one tile at a time, on a giant million-pixel canvas.

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Reddit Place started off with a gigantic blank canvas where the site’s users could color individual pixels, but were limited to one modification every five minutes. This led to a slow and methodical battle for pixel art supremacy that went on for 72 straight hours, eventually recreating masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and countless pop culture references.

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By the time the project was complete, many contributors had created automated drawing tools to help preserve their tiny mark on the massive canvas. But the final results, compiled into a giant 4K timelapse, are fascinating to watch as they unfold over three entire days.

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Anyone else remember the Million Dollar Homepage?

http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Million_Dollar_Homepage

Student launched it in 2005 as a project to help pay for his student loans, and he ended up clearing about $700,000 after taxes. Not bad. I remember thinking to myself when it went live “FFS, why didn’t I think of that?”