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A Florida Community Makes the World's Largest Photo Mosaic

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NBC News - It started with a picture, a picture, a picture, well, a whole bunch pictures. 176,750 snapshots to be exact.

"It was exciting to know that you are going to be a part of history."

Anthony DeBernardi was one of the volunteers.

"It was a little hard on the back, a little hard on the thighs."

To create this huge mosaic made up from sights taken from everyday people.

"We actively encouraged people to take a step back and capture sight seeing moments on film."

Transitions optical organized the event. Kendall white was amazed by the huge undertaking.

"It was a huge empty room."

Each person was handed a stack of pictures.

"One by one you sit move sit and place your pictures until your row was complete. There are about 500 pictures per row."

"Now there is a rhyme and a reason to all of this, all of these pictures. The reason is world sight day. The rhyme, a computer program. It figures out where each of the pictures will go to create the big picture."

"Lay it out in terms of color and shapes and use that information to perfectly place each photo. Now we have about 3 or 4 different algorithms that we use to help us with the effort."

So, a computer figures out what goes where.

"You go one by one and just start laying them down and once you're into it, it's hard to stop."

The media event ended as the last picture was officially taped into place.

 

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