Jigsaws > Photomosaics What are Mosaics?
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While still a student at MITís media lab, Robert Silvers created a new technology that changed the nature of art, photography, and computer graphics. This development, called Photomosaics, is a method of arranging thousands of tiny photographs that when viewed from a distance, combine to form a single larger image. Artwork by Rob Silvers. Photomosaic is a trademark of Runaway Technology, Inc.
Mosaics, one of the oldest forms of surface decoration, date back to the 4th-3rd millennium BC. Mosaics take on a painted effect by forming pictures or patterns from compositions of small pieces of various colored materials (glass, stone, ceramics, metals, etc.). The most well known mosaics were produced during the Byzantine Empire (4th to 6th century) in Ravenna, Italy. Today, in the age of computers, mosaics have taken on a new form. In 1995, Rob Silvers utilized computers to combine thousands of photographs to make digital mosaics. Thus - Photomosaics were born.