Illustration for article titled What Is This? (Spoiler: A Complex List)

I won't even tease you. There's no way you'll figure out what the heck this thing is. A 24x24 (foot) series of aluminum panels was etched with this design, hiding 130,000 names.

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These names, duplicated to make 1,000,000 total entries in the text-based pattern, are of the 130,000 organizations around the world that promote topics like peace and environmental conservation. Zoom in, and you can see the complex web become a simple relationship of text:

Illustration for article titled What Is This? (Spoiler: A Complex List)
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Illustration for article titled What Is This? (Spoiler: A Complex List)
Illustration for article titled What Is This? (Spoiler: A Complex List)


But the snapshots don't do the effect justice. Go to this link to zoom in full, smooth motion: [chris jordan via infosthetics]

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