Of pixels, large and small

In an earlier post Patrick referred to displays invading our public space in large numbers. Now, there is also a display as large as a building. GreenPix has created a Zero Energy Media Wall, ‘a groundbreaking project applying sustainable and digital media technology to the curtain wall of Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing’. It is the largest LED display in the world and feeds solely on solar energy. During the day it charges itself and when the darkness falls, it comes to life. In China they certainly like to boast the largest things in the world.

When in the Media Wall the pixels become as large as solar panels, here is an example of a painting dissolving into the tiniest of pixels: the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, painted for the Milano’s convent Santa Maria delle Grazie, now displayed on the internet in its infinitesimal detail. Zooming in you can see each crack in the centuries old fresco, each frizz of hair on an apostle’s head.

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