I am a big fan of mass participation projects, and recently came across these two great examples.  The first is from 1919 and shows 18,000 army recruits making a huge Statue of Liberty….

The second is from South Korea and shows what happens when lots of people open and close their jackets in unison….

Do they tickle your fancy?

30 comments

  1. The human LCD is amazing.

    The first is actually a lot more impressive that is immediately obvious. The image is corrected for perspective, so the flame right at the back would have needed many thousands of soldiers.

  2. 18,000? Are you sure? A very crude estimate would suggest around 5-600 for everything to the level of the statue’s left arm.

    Would suggest 1,800 more likely.

    1. Just read point made by Martin above about the image being adjusted for perspective and he’s quite right.

      However, still think 18,000 is way too many.

    2. It says so on the picture itself, “18,000 Officers and Men”. Unless that strange-looking 1 isn’t a 1 at all, and it was supposed to say 8000?

    3. On closer inspection it looks like there are more men in the torch than in the staute, so 18k is probably right.

  3. Video is perhaps more impressive than real life, considering that most of it is sped up — double or triple the real-time speed. (Look at the players on the field.) Still very cool, though.

  4. The Human LCD video was great. It must have taken a lot of effort and practice to make that work. The Statue of Liberty one was good, but that statue looked a bit too fat to me! It didn’t seem that realistic.

  5. I have seen that photo of the Statue of Liberty many times over the last 25 years. I am surprised if you have only “recentl” discovered it.

    As far as I can remember from previous sources, about 14,000 men formed the torch and about 4,000 formed the rest of it.

  6. Both of them are pretty cool. The human LCD looks a cross between being on a cheer squad and being a dancer. That might be very appealing to students who don’t play an instrument.

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