Internetopia, probably the world's largest ever crowd sourced drawing, has been released in full colour
The web based drawing experiment aimed to create a snapshot of the internet by asking the world what they would like to be drawn.
After crowdsourcing the opinion of the Kickstarter community, a 2.5 x 1.5 metre work of art was created in black and white.
Following the success of the initial release, and listening to where the community wanted the project to go, it is now being released in full colour.
The full colour version, Technicolour Internetopia, is available in an edition of 500 signed and numbered prints, lithographically printed on 170 GSM Olin rough paper.
The idea behind Internetopia was simple - reserve space on a drawing by pledging for ‘cubes’ and then send a message to the artist, Benjamin Redford, with ideas for what you would like to see drawn in those cubes.
There were three rules to Internetopia: Each cube cost $1. People could reserve as many cubes as they liked. Anyone could ask for anything to be drawn.
After hitting its Kickstarter goal in under 24 hours, the project ended with 3012 cubes being pledged for by 220 people, resulting in a huge 2 x 1.5m artwork that took three months of solid drawing to complete.
300 A1 posters were printed of the final artwork - all of which sold out on the first day of sale.
There is now a limited run of 500 B1 size lithographed, signed and numbered posters of the original Internetopia available.
It took three months of solid drawing to complete the line work, and a further three months to complete the colour.
The original artwork measures 2 x 1.5m and was drawn with 0.1mm technical pens and pencils.
It’s (probably) the largest piece of crowdsourced art done by a single artist in the world.
The highest number of cubes purchased by a single contributor was 125
No one asked for blank space. If they did, it would probably be the most noticeable thing on the whole drawing.
Only two penises (and one naked man) were pledged for.
A total of seven Waldo / Wally characters were asked for, all from different people.
3012 cubes were pledged for by a total of 220 people
The most popular requests involved animals (many cats)
The number ’42’ was requested twice, by two different people.