From March 15 to March 22, a spectacular sight greeted residents of downtown Vancouver: a monumental net sculpture floating in the sky, spanning 745 feet between buildings. Created for the TED Conference’s 30th anniversary, the installation called Unnumbered Sparks is the result of a collaboration between artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin.

Woven from braided fibers, the ethereal net ripples and sways in the sky. At nighttime, the sculpture comes alive with illumination that is choreographed by visitors who gather beneath the net. By making small movements on their mobile devices, visitors can paint spectacular beams of light that streak across the sculpture’s surface in real time.

This rendition of Daisy Bell is probably the most terrifying thing I’ve ever heard. Aaron Koblin assembled the song by sending 2,000 people a short audio clip and asking them to replicate it to the best of their ability. He then put all the clips together to create the project Bicycle Built for Two Thousand. None of the people had any knowledge as to what the final product would be. Listen to it here.

More of Aaron Koblin’s work.


“Light Echoes,” created by Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank, features the light of a laser (attached to a train) across various settings.

The video ends with the quote, “Every moment of light & dark is a miracle,” reminding us that everything in our lives, of light and dark, heavy and light, is precious in itself.


Data can be a great storytelling tool, as Google’s Aaron Koblin explains in his 2011 TED Talk. However, it’s the interface, and how we get to comprehend and massage the data that determines how useful it can be.

19th century culture was defined by the novel, 20th century culture by cinema, 21st century culture will be defined by the interface. 

Cute project from Google Creative Lab artist, Aaron Koblin (he of The Johnny Cash Project and The Wilderness Downtown.) This is personal work, commissioned by auto insurer, Progressive and created in conjunction with bitforms gallery and Mr.Doob. Simply go to TheSingleLaneSuperHighway and contribute a drawing of a car (spinning wheels are included.) The supporting idea: to “reflect the personal bond people have with their automobiles.” Not sure how many people jump to thinking about stinky cheese when considering their relationship with their car, but hey, whatever floats your, er, boat.

by Aaron Koblin

…is a collection of 10,000 sheep made by workers were paid 0.02 ($USD) to “draw a sheep facing to the left.” Animations of each sheep’s creation may be viewed at TheSheepMarket.com.

“’If you please–draw me a sheep …’
When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey. Absurd as it might seem to me, a thousand miles from any human habitation and in danger of death, I took out of my pocket a sheet of paper and my fountain-pen. But then I remembered how my studies had been concentrated on geography, history, arithmetic and grammar, and I told the little chap (a little crossly, too) that I did not know how to draw. He answered me:
‘That doesn’t matter. Draw me a sheep …’”

-Le Petit Prince

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Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity

The interface is the message

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I’m going to categorize this in “commercials that make me want to do things I don’t actually want to do”. I would drink Absolut Vodka so I can be as cool and creative as these people. (also see: this Lincoln commercial.)

Woodkid, Aaron Koblin, Rafael Grampá and Yiqing Yin are four artists who are transforming themselves and their creative disciplines. Discover their stories of transformation on http://www.absolut.com. (Song: Ghost Lights by Woodkid)

Sedition + Meural Partnership: A Match Made in Digital Art Heaven

Sedition is an online platform where artists distribute art in digital format. The art available on Sedition includes works from contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Shepard Fairey, Yoko Ono, Jenny Holzer, Wim Wenders, Bill Viola, Aaron Koblin and many others.

The platform aims to encourage people who might not be able to afford these artists’ traditional physical artworks to become collectors of digital editions. In this way, Sedition offers a whole new world of digital art.

Sedition was launched in 2011 by Harry Blain, founder of Blain|Southern with a team headquartered in London, UK. This team knows its stuff.

We want to open up the world of art and photography to the Meural user. Through the Meural + Sedition partnership, we can now offer you a changing selection of incredible artworks, exclusively created in digital media by the world’s greatest contemporary artists.

To say we’re excited is an understatement.

- Sim


Great TED Talk of Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity