The Smaller Picture


   XX XXXXXX X  XX  
   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  
                XX  
   X XXXX       XX  
   X            XXX 
   X            XX  
   X            XX  
   XXXXXXXX  XX XXX 
   XXXXXXXXX  XXXX  
   XXXX XXXXXXXXXX  
   X X X XXX XXXX   
   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  
   XX XXXXXXXXXXXX  
   XXXXXXXXXX XXXX  
   XXXXXXXXXXX XXX  
    XXXXXX XXXXXXX  
   XXXXXXXXX?XXXXX  
   XXXXXXXX X XXXX  
   XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  
  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  
The collective consciousness is attempting to create a bucket.

Should the pink pixel be ...

or ?
You can browse the history of this picture, or view it as an animation.

New pictures being created :
bird sword cat human head sofa castle apple

Previous pictures :
Great Britain face star flag banana map of the world umbrella question mark telephone circle spiral stick person letter arrow anything bee car wineglass cup landscape word heart fish lamp monster television computer tree goat spider boat chair flower house anything


Created by Kevan Davis in July 2002, based on Kevin Kelly's account of hive-mind audience emergence.
Each picture starts from a randomised grid. There have been 82566 flips to this one, so far.
See also: the official Typophile Font spinoff and Tom Rankin's filtering of it.

Other people have built much better emergent art projects
since this went live in 2002, most notably Swarm Sketch, Pixelfest and TheBroth.