It’s hard to capture a microcosm of current pop culture but somehow tens of thousands (or maybe more!) Redditors from all over the world managed to, in the latest iteration of r/place.
r/place made its debut back in 2017 with one command: random internet users can collaborate on a blank canvas but each account can only place one pixel every five minutes.
Users can watch the artwork unfold in real-time.
Half conceived as an April Fools joke, the idea was the brainchild of Josh Wardle, a then-employee of Reddit but he’s more popularly known today as the creator of Wordle.
R/place returned this year, again on April Fools Day, five years after the experiment took place – one which saw over a million Redditors participate in.
This year, the project lasted four days – enough for thousands of redditors to jostle for a seat of power on a blank 1000 x 1000 grid.
And like what happened in Survivor, alliances quickly formed.
Countrymen teamed up with Korean boyband fans, other Redditors fought to leave a mark of their fandom, while others showed their solidarity with Ukraine as the country continues to battle a Russian invasion.
As expected, the final iteration of r/place was a breathtaking masterpiece.
Video game fans will recognise characters like Kirby, Sonic and Tails and countless references to “Among Us”.
Various nationalities were also quick to show-off their national pride, from Asterix in France to redditors here in Asia.
But like all good things – r/place had to end.
The project shut down on 5 April as promised and the hard work of the last five days was wiped down to the last pixel.
All that is currently left is a white canvas, just waiting for the next time r/place is revived and the internet is mustered into action once more.
For now though, you can check out the 2022 masterpiece in all its high-res glory here.
*Featured image from Reddit
By Samantha Chan \ 11:00, 8 April 2022