An endless drawing is not something new and modern, similar digital works have existed for a long time, but from time to time another work blows up the Internet again, as happened with the zoom picture of the French artist Vaskange, which he posted a few days ago on his Instagram and then on Twitter.
It’s a really cool video that demonstrates the possibilities of modern digital art, so it’s no wonder that it has collected millions of views, millions of likes, hundreds of thousands of retweets, and spread across other social networks and resources.
Vaskange created this video using Epiphanie’s Endless Paper app for iPad. There is even a whole online gallery of such infinite zoom pictures THE INFINITE GALLERY, where interesting things can be found not only on in the “canvas” themselves, and even in the design and elements of the gallery halls. This is how we understand the real search for “Easter eggs”!
But, as we have already noted, endless paintings did not appear yesterday. For example, artist Nicholas Baumgarten’s The Zoomquilt dates back to 2004 and even exists as Live Wallpaper for Android and 10 hour video on Youtube. New versions of Zoomquilt 2 and Arkadia Zoomquilt were created in 2007 and 2015. The Zoomquilt originally used Macromedia Flash, now it migrated to HTML 5.
But Baumgarten was not the first either. He, in turn, was inspired by the project Gridcosm, which started back in 1997 and existed at least until 2021. The last, 4,500 layer, was completed on September 4, 2021.
According to Nicholas Baumgarten, infinite zoom was first realized in the animated shorts Cosmic Zoom (1968) by Eva Szasz and Powers of Ten (1977) by Ray and Charles Eames. Both films are based on the children’s book The Cosmic View (1957) by Kees Boeke, which deals with the relative size of things in the universe.