A massive web-based drawing experiment, which aimed to create a snapshot of the internet in the first few months of 2014, has gone live today.
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.
Redford used 0.1mm technical pens and pencils to draw Internetopia and 300 A1 posters were printed of the final artwork.
Redford claims that 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.
”A total of seven Waldo/Wally characters were asked for, all from different people,” said Redford. “Only two penises (and one naked man) were pledged for. A very high percentage of requests involved animals in some way, shape or form- somewhere, there is chihuahua dry humping a Moomin.”
"No one asked for blank space," he added. "If they did, it would probably be the most noticeable thing on the whole drawing."
There are about 80 copies of the signed and numbered limited edition print left at time of writing.