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« on: May 12, 2007 05:36:15 PM »

Here's a thing I built over the last few months - finally complete!  

Inspired during a game of "Don't Break the Ice" with my daughter, I used 12 sets of the game to create a 15x24 grid of cubes.  This was set into a custom hardwood frame.  When placed in front of a television set, the animated pixelation effect is mezmerizing.


Watch the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEQ5-mWrB_E

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« Last Edit: October 31, 2011 07:13:15 PM by LimeRiot - Reason: edited to expose images » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2007 05:41:33 PM »

That is sooooooo amazing!
I've seen those before, but never one so attractive! Smiley
How'd you make it exactly?

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2007 06:01:25 PM »

Since the cubes aren't perfectly cubical (smaller on the open end so kids can set the game up easier), I had to find a very flat surface to lay them out on.  I used a large metal carpenter's square clamped to a very flat table to align them.  After a few tests, I settled on Liquid Nails Clear applied with a toothpick.  It has good working time and took up the slight gaps between cubes.  Once that was dry, I went over all the back seams with model airplane cement which tied them into a very solid unit.  Let it cure for a few days and then build into a frame.  This frame is kentucky coffee wood and is screwed together just in case the grid ever needs repair.

Thanks for looking and thanks for askin'!

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2007 06:26:47 PM »

you took a great idea and ran with it and made it so much better!!

i'm in awe!

maybe i can convince dh to help me put one like that together.

great job

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2007 07:37:38 PM »

ha, that's so cool! i've never even HEARD of a pixelator before, and i still think it's awesome! and btw, "don't break the ice" is the best game ever.

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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2007 07:57:13 AM »

im hitting this rocks...because it does! what an awesome idea and what a nice way to turn a tv into something interesting. it can double now as a mindless source of entertainment AND even better, AN AMAZING work of art. great job!!!

« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2007 03:06:08 PM »

ah! I am jealous!

I started building one of these a few months ago (the less tech version, however - mine is a cardboard frame, tubes of varying widths of BFK*, and muslin). the different circumferences of the tubes gives it a bit more of an organic feel, but I have to say I think I like your approach with the squares a bit more - a lot more pixel-esque!

I am now inspired to finish it!

(*the BFK is from a bunch of test prints I did in my intro printmaking class. I would never use such expensive stock for a project like this otherwise!)

edit: I also hit 'this rocks!'

I found the spot where truth echoes and know each beauty mark by heart - but I just can't keep her still enough to render perfect art.
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007 08:43:16 PM »

Wow I've never heard of this before. It looks great!

« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2007 08:49:46 PM »

Is is is fantastic. I just keep watching the video over and over.

I've never heard of a Pixelator either... I'm so glad to now be enlightened.

I'm glad to know people are making such cool things!

« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2007 11:04:38 AM »

That's really neat because instead of black screens the cable music channels now show pictures and factoids that can be distracting at parties.  That makes me want to make one and throw a lot of parties!
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