Artwork with more colors than printers can print

Chris Majors is an artist with an unusual mission: He produces digital artworks that contain such high resolution and such a large number of colors that normal printers — which can handle 16 million possible colors — cannot print them. Apparently he’s written his own program to generate the images, and if you order at the largest possible print size — 8 feet by 4 feet — it’ll take him 10 days to render the image, using a 2.2 GHz computer. As he notes:

The resolution of the images: With a minimum of 2,8 billion calculated points (at 34x34 in.) the finest details can be fully appreciated, even with a magnifying glass. Because these drawings exist only in very large sizes with extremely detailed subjects, a profusion of views appears as one approaches them.

Extremely cool! But unfortunately, also extremely ugly. Man, why is neato conceptual art always so totally hideous? This stuff looks like the side of a van.

(Thanks to Ted Rainer for this one!)

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