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This is What Happens When You Ask the Internet What You Should Draw

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The internet is a weird and wonderful place, but what happens when you turn to it for inspiration? Ben Redford found out when he sought suggestions to create a new artwork—drawing only what people told him to.

Put together as a Kickstarter, Internetopia is a bizarre but rather pretty artwork where the canvas was filled as auctioned-off chunks (click 'expand' on the image above to embiggen). Every dollar stumped up bought a 1.5- by 1.5-inch area on the canvas, and the right to ask for the content that should fill it. In total, Redford was pledged 3012 panels, creating a canvas two metres wide and 1.5 metres tall.

It took three months to finish, and the results are impressive. There's almost too much to take in, but you'll find street scenes, Futurama-style heads, kittens, Moomins, memes—and surprisingly little porn. You can see the thing in full on Internetopia—or even buy a print. [Internetopia via Wired via Engadget]