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I Created An Algorithm

AuthorMany of today’s youth do not get credit for their skillful use of computers, math, and the ole Rubik’s cube. Enter recent high school graduate and new college freshman Connor Wright. Over the summer, Connor was recently named Facebook’s artist in residence and he spent several weeks creating a portrait of Alan Turing (see image below), but he did not use paint or ink or even Crayola Crayons, nope, Connor used 6,534 dominos. Yeah dominos. This is his latest project that combines a number of his skills and passions. Math, science, art, and good ole wondermentality. Our business is full of skill, drive, and an absolute dose of wondermentality.

Connor’s first nationally recognized project was released in October of 2015 and started with a pencil sketch he did of St. Louis baseball legend Stan Musial. This pencil sketch ultimately turned into a 25’ x 30’ mural of Stan the man, but was made out of 5,980 Rubik’s cubes. Author Connor’s love of art, interest in math, and drive to create led him to explore Pixelization in the form of art. Pixelization is easily recognized on TV when an image is broken down into bitmap images to blur a person’s face via the big square boxes. Connor used the same principals of enlarging imagery to the pixel level to then use those large scale pixels to create recognizable imagery. By breaking segments of the Musial drawing into 12” x 12” squares he could zoom in and determine how he needed to rotate the Rubik’s cube to create the color and shading required. Can you imagine twisting up nearly 6,000 cubes and each cube 8-9 times to get the correct layout.
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The young man also has a world record to his name and did it in conjunction with the Magic House in St. Louis. Connor was approached by the Magic House and asked to create something new and this time his medium was Crayola Crayons – 300,000 of them and 77 different colors. Author Color is king in our world and I have talked about this before, but in his case he used a broad array of the crayon spectrum to create a Van Gogh-esque landscape and a fun added twist was getting local school kids involved. To create the mural he said, “I created an algorithm to help determine the color sequence” (dude created an algorithm). So the student became the teacher and ultimately gave the magic house a gift that will be seen by generations to come.
Connor is an impressive young man and I have had the pleasure of speaking with him on several occasions and learning the behind the scenes of what it took to get these master pieces done. Can you imagine at 17 negotiating a confidential purchase with the Rubik’s cube team, not having the money for the multi thousand dollar deposit (due in a week) and doing a grassroots fund raising drive to raise some 20K in a few days. Who thinks to call the CEO of Enterprise or the President of the St. Louis Cardinals – Connor did. I look forward to seeing his next project and nothing will surprise me as to what he does. He represents his generation extremely well and for one simple reason in my mind, “can’t” is not in his vocabulary. I wonder if he can actually solve a Rubik’s cube – if he can’t, I bet he will figure it out if asked to…
About the Author
Dave Brown is the Vice President of Sales at Optima™.He has been in the Trade Show industry since the early 90s.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, other Authors, Optima Graphics or Taylor Corp.


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