The digital art trio eBoy is known around the Internet for their painstakingly built, brightly-hued pixel posters of cities the world over, from New York to London to Tokyo. The group, who also run an influential graphic design shop, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their work on a San Francisco poster. Now the artists, who are based in Vancouver and Berlin, have cleared their funding goal, so the project is a definite go. Between now and August, designers Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig, and Svend Smital will sculpt an elaborate, not-to-scale rendition of San Francisco full of landmarks (including Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and a mysteriously paint-splattered Transamerica Pyramid) that will unfold in a grid of 999,949 pixels. "We're building SF, but in a parallel universe," says Vermehr.
As they did for prior stops on their 8-bit world tour, the artists will hand-draw the city's landmarks and people out of pixels measuring just one square millimeter. So far the lineup of San Francisco characters, in its rough-draft form, includes a bearded hipster, a sheepish-looking tech worker, a pair of mostly nude sailors, and a lady decked out in what could be Lululemon.
· San Francisco Pixel Poster [Kickstarter]
· eBoy Poster Shop [Official Site]
· Pixel Perfect: The Story of eBoy [The Verge]
· Frank Chu [Wikipedia]
· eBoy San Francisco Pixel Poster Suggestions [Google Docs]