Photo Mosaics

A photo mosaic is essentially a modern variant of an ancient art: creating a large image by combining a number (in some cases a vast number) of smaller pieces. The end results often looks like an impressionist painting, or an example of pointillism.

Note: these mosaics are very large. The largest ones have been compressed as archives to download to your machine. If they were viewed full-size in a browser window, they might crash your browser or computer.

Oceans of Information: National Ocean Service Photo Collage

This first example is of a more basic type. In 2007, in order to show the diversity of Web sites in an organization, a large mosaic was made of nothing but the banners on each site:

National Ocean Service web collage

Click on the image for a full size (9000 x 12000 pixels, 108 megapixel) version.

Celebrating 200 Years of Service: NOAA Logo Photo Mosaic

Created from several thousand photos submitted by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) employees, this large collage is in honor of NOAA's founding in 1807 as the Coast Survey.

Celebrating 200 years of service

Full-size NOAA logo mosaic (11984 x 11984 pixels, 143.6 megapixels). You can read about NOAA's history at celebrating200years.noaa.gov.

Passionate Worship(12 mosaics)

A series of mosaics created for the 2010 Annual Conference of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.

London Eye

London Eye

London's massive Ferris Wheel (also known as the Millennium Wheel) is a modern London landmark; you can see it from miles away. Full-size London Eye photo mosaic (17638 x 11728 pixels, 206.8 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

London Eye mosaic

Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial

Erected at the edge of Kensington Park in London, the Albert Memorial is either beautiful or horrifying. Or both. Full-size Albert Memorial photo mosaic (9015 x 13559 pixels, 122.2 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Albert Memorial mosaic

Road in the Lake District

Road in the Lakes District

The Lake District National Park, also known as Lakeland and The Lakes, is an area in northwest England that (obviously) contains lakes, but also all the land in England higher than 3,000 feet. Full-size Lake District road photo mosaic (16560 x 12420 pixels, 205.7 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Road in the Lakes District mosaic

Oxford Punts

Oxford punts

Punts are as much a part of Oxford, England, as the University spires, and almost as old. Full-size Oxford punts photo mosaic (9315 x 14011 pixels, 130.5 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Punts at Oxford mosaic

Oxford Boats

Boats in Oxford

A much newer, more easily managed boat for touring Oxford, England. Full-size Oxford boats photo mosaic (17279 x 11489 pixels, 198.5 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Oxford boats mosaic

Kristi Toliver

Kristi Toliver

Kristi Toliver, currently a guard with the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, is a former University of Maryland All-American basketball player. Full-size Kristi Toliver photo mosaic (16500 x 11000 pixels, 181.5 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely from photos of the 2005-2009 University of Maryland Women's Basketball Team, the Lady Terps.

Kristi Toliver mosaic

Marissa Coleman

Marissa Coleman

Marissa Coleman, currently a small forward with the WNBA Indiana Fever, is a former University of Maryland basketball player. Full-size Marissa Coleman photo mosaic (12247 x 8165 pixels, 100 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely from photos of the 2005-2009 University of Maryland Women's Basketball Team, the Lady Terps.

Marissa Coleman mosaic

Marissa Coleman II

Marissa Coleman

A second mosaic of Marissa Coleman. Full-size Marissa Coleman photo mosaic (16500 x 11000 pixels, 181.5 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely from photos of the 2005-2009 University of Maryland Women's Basketball Team, the Lady Terps.

Marissa Coleman

Severn River at Shrewsbury

River Shrewsbury and shell

A shell passes on the Severn River at Shrewsbury, England. Full-size Severn River, Shrewsbury photo mosaic (16560 x 12419 pixels, 205.7 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

River Shrewsbury mosaic

Big Ben

Big Ben, London, England

Technically the tower is the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, London, and the great bell for the clock is Big Ben. Full-size Big Ben photo mosaic (9234 x 13888 pixels, 128.2 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Big Ben mosaic

Victoria Tower

Victoria Tower, London, England

Victoria Tower is at the opposite end of the Palace of Westminster, London, England, and far more ornate than Big Ben. Full-size Victoria Tower photo mosaic (9015 x 13559 pixels, 122.2 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Victoria Tower mosaic

Castlerigg Circle

Castlerigg Circle, Cumbria

Castlerigg Stone Circle is a prehistoric monument in Cumbria, England, within the bounds of The Lake District National Park. Full-size Castlerigg Circle photo mosaic (16199 x 12150 pixels, 196.8 megapixels). This is one of the oldest stone circles in Europe. The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Castlerigg Circle mosaic

Stonehenge

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England, is probably the best known prehistoric monument in Europe, rising in a ring on the Salisbury Plain. Full-size Stonehenge photo mosaic (16559 x 11010 pixels, 182.3 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Stonehenge mosaic

London Bus

London double decker bus

This double-decker Routemaster bus is technically retired, but a number still circulate in London, England, but not for regular commuter travel. Full-size London double-decker bus photo mosaic (12065 x 8022 pixels, 96.8 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

London double decker bus mosaic

White Tower

White Tower, Tower of London

The White Tower is the innermost castle in the complex of fortifications called the Tower of London. Full-size White Tower photo mosaic (12065 x 8022 pixels, 96.8 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

White Tower mosaic

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, London, England

Sometimes mistakenly called London Bridge, Tower Bridge is both near the Tower of London and also has towers. Full-size Tower Bridge photo mosaic (12065 x 8022 pixels, 97 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Tower Bridge mosaic

Tower Bridge II

Tower Bridge, London, England

Another view of Tower Bridge. Full-size Tower Bridge photo mosaic (12065 x 8022 pixels, 96.8 megapixels). The mosaic is formed entirely of photos from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Tower Bridge mosaic