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Wikipedia Art Installation a Beautiful, Tree-Killing Marvel

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It's time to celebrate ten years of crowd-sourced information and unconfirmed citations. For better or worse, Wikipedia is an inexorable part of our knowledge and research. When used correctly -- with legitimate sources -- the site can be an extremely helpful tool. At its worst, Christopher Columbus sailed the Love Boat to the New World.

Folks behind the non-profit site threw a 10-year bash at the Louise T. Blouin Foundation in West London. The party drew supporters like Jimmy Wales, Richard Dawkins, Peter Gabriel, and Cory Doctorow. But the center of attention was an art installation created by Dean McNamee and Tim Burrell-Saward.

Suspended over the entrance lobby, 18 printers spat out physical copies of edits made to Wikipedia articles -- as well as a summary of the subject. According to McNamee, "The installation leveraged the space to express the continuous volume of Wikipedia's activity, as users around the world created and contributed to articles." He added, "This highlighted the devoted community, along with sharing a piece of Wikipedia's collective knowledge."

It's certainly an eye-catching piece. But one of Wikipedia's greatest strengths is the continuous updates made to its content without truckloads of wasted paper.

But what do I know? I'm no art expert. Maybe the creators' intent was to offer a glimpse of the days of Encyclopedia Britannica. And thankfully, they left out this guy.

Here's some video of the art piece in action:

Wikipedia's 10th Anniversary from Dean McNamee on Vimeo.

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