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This piece was generated by code written with the javascript interpretation of Processing, P5JS. It draws dynamically in real time per the programmed algorithms in conjunction with user input using the commands below. This online version is scaled smaller to run faster and create a smaller output file. Not all internal parameters are scaled accordingly so the final results aren't as cool, but you get the idea...


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Press space bar: Stops and starts the placement of collage images
Press "w" key: Stops and starts the drawing of red 'swoosh' lines
Press "x" key: Stops and starts the 'negative space' shape words
Press "l" key: Stops and starts the growth of lines
Press "s" key: Saves/downloads image file

Play with it
All borrowed images are courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collection and are in the Public Domain. Citations and links to the original images are below.

General Research Division, The New York Public Library.
      "View of Mt. Mc.Martin." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1838.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7e99-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

General Research Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Distant view of Mt. Marcy." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1838.
      ttp://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7e97-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

General Research Division, The New York Public Library.
      "View of the Adirondack Mountains." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1838.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7e9a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

General Research Division, The New York Public Library.
      "View of the Indian Pass." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1838.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7e92-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

General Research Division, The New York Public Library.
      "View of the Indian Pass, from Lake Henderson." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1838.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-7e3d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1881 - 1884.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5d9b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Wdy Taiyebeh. "The valley of good" (water and pasture). Through this valley most probably the Israelites journeyed to their encampment by the Red Sea." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1881 - 1884.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5f9c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Wdy Sidreh. The Wdies Mukatteb, Sidreh and Ign all debouch into the Seib Sidreh." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1881 - 1884.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5fa7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Jebel Msa from the south, Sinai. Wdy Seba'iyeh, through which the way passes from Jebel Umm Shomer, offers the traveller a splendid view of the steep southern extremity of Jebel Msa." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1881 - 1884.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5fdf-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library.
      "s Sufsfeh (Mount Sinai) and the plain of Rhah (Rest). Beyond the convent is seen Jebel Moneijh. The summit of Jebel Msa is hidden behind the overwelming mass of Rs Sufsfeh." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1881 - 1884.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-5fe4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mt. Hood from Columbia River, Portland, Ore." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9a6d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Fabyan House and Presidential Range, from the Ammonoosuc, White Mountains, N. H." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-a0ce-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Tuckerman's Ravine and Mt. Washington, White Mountains, N.H." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-86cb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mt. Washington, Intervale, White Mountains, N.H." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-8791-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "[The Khargati Ridge & Kapirkate from Michni Kandao]" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 187.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-6215-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Yosemite Falls, 2634 ft., view from Cosmopolitan Walk." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1879 - 1890.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-3edb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mount Starr King, from Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, Cal." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1861 - 1873.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-3ea9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Hakone, Kosui-zu" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1832.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/69f3e5ef-fcc4-0a54-e040-e00a180636a3

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Ishiyakushi, Ishiyakushi-ji" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1832.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/69f3e5ef-fce6-0a54-e040-e00a180636a3

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Maisaka, Imagiri shinkei" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1832.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/69f3e5ef-fcd8-0a54-e040-e00a180636a3

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mt. Shasta, Mt. Shasta, Calif." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9bdd-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mojave Desert, near Barstow, Calif." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-35ad-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mt. Taylor, New Mexico" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-869b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mount Fuji and lake." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1919 - 1922.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c260bdb3-9b62-4552-e040-e00a18066d81

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Mt. Prospect and Village, Lake George, N. Y." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-866c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Hermit Range, Selkirk Mtn., B. C." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-a7a6-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Whiteface and Lake Placid, Lake Placid, N. Y." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9e35-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Jackson Lake and The Tetons, Yellowstone Park" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9bd4-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Green Mountains." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1909.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-cb32-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Momoyogusa = Flowers of a Hundred Generations." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1909.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-cb00-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Plein soleil." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1875.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-4451-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Absecon Light House, Atlantic City, N. J." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9b6f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "The Light House." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
      ttp://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-544c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99"

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Two Tritons Fighting" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1501 - 1600.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/33cd7d90-fdc5-0133-fb8b-00505686a51c

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "The Light House, Fort Schreven, Savannah, Ga." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1931.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9e91-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Muhlenberg, Exterior, entrance and fallout shelter sign" The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-e43e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Four men in front of sheltered tent next to U.S. Christian Commission wagon, another tent at rear left." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e806-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library.
      "Watchman." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1814.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e35c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Lighthouse on Lake Ponchartrain, entrance of the New Canal" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1855.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-583b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Full-page miniature of God creating flowers and plants." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1445.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e6aa-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Full-page miniature of God creating birds and fish." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1445.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e6a9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Full-page miniature of God creating the stars." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1445.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e6a8-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Full-page miniature of God creating heaven and earth." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1445.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e6a7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
      "Full-page miniature of God creating Eve from Adam." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1445.
      http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e6ad-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99