Museum of Neverending Art (MONA)

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When you first load the “Hall of Fame” page at the Museum of Neverending Art, you’ll find what appears to be a white rectangle flecked with colored dots and tiny boxes. But as you zoom in on this digital Formica, you realize that each dot is a canvas made of user-created tiles. It's a huge collaborative mosaic of amusing, touching, curious and even beautiful little works of art.

Created by groupeReflect, the French arm of the Belgian digital service agency Emakina, MONA isn’t actually never-ending, but it might still be what they claim: “the largest artwork ever online.” The mosaic comprises 1 million individual tiles (canvases) in a 1000x1000 array. As of this writing, most of these million remain empty (add your own by clicking the “contribute” button). But what's there is already a simple yet engrossing demonstration of why HTML5 (a language for describing and organizing text and media) is provoking the largest burst of creativity and experimentation on the Web since the introduction of Dynamic HTML in the late '90s.

Like most of the envelope-pushing new sites, MONA blends HTML5 with other new standards now fully supported in Internet Explorer 9: custom fonts, enhanced styling for content layers (CSS3), and more powerful hooks for controlling how browsers manipulate page content (updated ECMAScript). We’ll be hearing more about all of these in future posts, especially HTML5’s Canvas, which is the technology through which so many amazing, plug-in-free interactive experiences are making the Web not only more beautiful, but also lots more fun.

This story, "Museum of Neverending Art (MONA) " was originally published by BrandPost.