A very cool art and technology project took place over the weekend on Reddit, or as SudoScript describes it, “a fascinating act in the history of humanity.”
For April Fool’s Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave its users, who are all anonymous, a blank canvas called Place.
The rules were simple. Each user could choose one pixel from 16 colors to place anywhere on the canvas. They could place as many pixels of as many colors as they wanted, but they had to wait a few minutes between placing each one.
Over the following 72 hours, what emerged was nothing short of miraculous. A collaborative artwork that shocked even its inventors.
From a single blank canvas, a couple simple rules and no plan, came this:
Read more about how this came to exist.
The collaboration and patience required to make these various images is fascinating to me.