The Internet (as a Pen-and-Pencil Drawing)

A Where's Waldo-style depiction of knowledge, conversation, and animals
More
Benjamin Redford

You could see it as an amalgamation of lights, studded across the surface of the Earth. Or as an explosion of nodes, rendered in exquisite pastels. Or as fiberoptic cables, arranged in neat rows under the surfaces of the world's oceans. 

But none of those is the actual Internet, the collection of knowledge and emotion and philosophy and cats that allows you to read these words right now. Nor is, technically, "Internetopia," the artist Benjamin Redford's detailed drawing of the Internet. Earlier this year, Redford launched a Kickstarter campaign asking people to suggest elements for a massive, Where's Waldo-style rendering of the Internet and its wares. His proposal? A black-and-white drawing, etched in pencil and pen. The work overall, he said, would be broken down into cubes, each one financed by individual donations, and each one inspired by suggestions from the crowd. 

Redford ended up with a drawing that consists of 3,012 cubes, pledged for by a total of 220 people. It took him months—"three months of solid drawing," as he puts it—to complete. The rendering spans more than six feet in length, and nearly five feet in height. It depicts superheroes and houses and balloons. And one naked man, because Internet. (But, Redford notes, "only two penises.") Hidden inside the drawing is also, appropriately enough, Waldo.  

There are also dogs and cats and frogs and, in one case, a very large shark. This is the Internet, after all. As Redford put it: "A very high percentage of requests involved animals in some way, shape or form." 

Benjamin Redford

 

Benjamin Redford

 

Benjamin Redford

 


 Via The Huffington Post

Jump to comments
Presented by

Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In