A new interpretation of a classic pattern

Perception often depends on the point of view and is affected by the viewers distance. We used this principle to develop computer-generated versions of a classical pattern that was transcribed into Pixel and ASCII code. When standing close to the pattern the observer will perceive single pixel or text elements that seem to be put together pointlessly. With some distance these elements merge into a motif. The two patterns were created within the project Repaper.


The pattern is created by a combination of letters, punctuation marks and spaces. The motif only becomes visible to the viewer with a little bit of distance.

By placing the elements of the ascii code in the right order, the lighter and darker areas of an image can be recreated.


When viewing this pattern close up, only random pixel in various shades are to be seen. Once looked upon form the distance, the viewer will discover a floral pattern.

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