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If you are interested in visualizing city traffic, you can of course use some sort of fancy camera tracking software and then create some crazy artwork out of the resulting video patterns. If you are not into programming, you can now use a cheap alternative: the project Farbenmeer shows how (trashing opulent quantities of) paint (in front of unsuspecting cars) can accomplish practically the same. Different colors were used for the different directions of a busy car crossing, so that traffic patterns become apparent.

And yes, the paint is environment-friendly and water-based. It took only some rain for the paint to disappear.

See also Toyota iQ Font: When Driving a Car Becomes Writing.

Via Farbenmeer, and all, over, the, German, interwebs.

Watch the videos below, or find more visual documentation at Flickr.




What a neat way to show this kind of information! I'm sure there must be a way we can use this in our designs somehow...

I can imagine this kind of technique would be great for doing traffic analysis, finding patterns and that kind of thing.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Wed 05 May 2010 at 3:39 PM

Wow such a great idea! Could make some beautiful photography too

Fri 07 May 2010 at 2:40 AM
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