One million giraffes: the art project that is taking over the web

By | August 26, 2009

Giraffe by Dawndelver, 21, from SouthamptonMore than 130,000 giraffe drawings and models have already been submitted to by people inspired to take up their pencils and paintbrushes in the name of collaborative online art.

* Want to join in? Send your drawings to and upload them to the official site

What started as an eccentric bet between two friends has grown into a minor web phenomena, with thousands of new giraffes posted on the website everyday.

The entries range from colourful children’s scrawls to impressive watercolours, with a few arrangements of fruit and vegetables thrown in to boot.

The 24-year-old web designer who devised the website said that he has been overwhelmed by the response to his project, which grew out of a conversation with his friend J√∏rgen earlier this year about the creative potential of the web.

“We were just small-talking and discussed the Internet and how amazing it is. I proclaimed that anything is possible nowadays, there are no limits anymore, and said I could easily get one million of anything if I wanted to,” Ola Helland, who lives in Stavanger, Norway, explained.

“J√∏rgen refused to agree with me and said there was no way I could get one million giraffes. So we made a bet.

“Two days later I made the website almost as a joke just to play around with the idea. I posted the link on my Facebook and Twitter account thinking I would get 10-15 giraffes from my friends and then it would just die off.

“I went out for lunch and when I came back I had 60 giraffes. By the end of the day I had 134. I started to realise that I had started something I immediately lost control over.”

Under the rules of the bet all giraffes must be created by hand; any submissions drawn on computers or bought from shops are rejected.

Mr Helland says he is now confident of hitting one million by the bet deadline of the end of next year. He has amassed 134,227 in a little over two months, leaving 494 days to collect the remaining 865,773.

via One million giraffes: the art project that is taking over the web – Telegraph.

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