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Photomosaics are images made up of tiled smaller images. There are a number of software packages that will automate the process of creating them (see link), or they can be done by hand.
Modern life is rife with free software CDs, expired credit cards, product boxes and other items that are colorfully
printed. A huge amount of this stuff ends up in the trash.
Start by scanning the images from these items to form a library that can be used to create photomosaics. If you have a huge number to work with, scan the entire items and use them whole. If you have a smaller number, cut them into smaller regularly shaped (typically square or rectangular) pieces and scan those.
Use the scanned images to create a pleasing digital photomosaic. The overall image can be anything you want, of course.
This digitally created art becomes a blueprint to create a _physical_ work of art. Simply glue the original items themselves (or the cut fragments) to a stiff backing. Frame and hang.
Software to create them, and other good links [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Robert Silvers' gallery
Examples of work by the coiner of the term "photomosaic" [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Is this you? [my face your, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Non-rectangular patterns can be used
[krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Ran across this guy who does all sorts of art based on bar codes, and it seemed related. [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||I wondered how that was done. One should also be able to take a blown-up picture, print out each monochrome pixel, add to them with additional text/images and then glue them together in the original order.
||Won't it upset the software that the cells you're building it out of aren't the same size / shape? And what will the thing look like from a different angle - say, the street rather than a helicopter?
||If you had *really* clever software, you could have a holographic effect based on how each piece of flotsam looks from different angles. So as you walk past the flotsam face, it smiles and winks at you.
||//cells...aren't the same size / shape?//
Some of the software packages can handle non-rectangular patterns of cells, so it could partially be dealt with that way. (See link). Cutting up the original items into regular sizes before scanning can also help here.
||Found a guy who does art based on UPC bar codes, some of its fairly interesting. See link.