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September 15, 2010 at 12:23 PM

IE9: Joshua Davis showing an endless public mural of digital art

SAN FRANCISCO — Digital artist Joshua Davis showed off a new interactive mural project at a Microsoft reception Tuesday at the SOMA Cultural Arts Center.

Davis, who creates interactive art for a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert tour, showed a project called “Endless Mural.”

Anyone can create a piece for the mural online, which combines animation, user drawings and artist patterns. Murals are created by drawing a shape on a screen, then choosing an art pattern. The pattern is then animated around the shape, in a speed, color and size the person selects.

“Imagine me trying to do it 20 years ago with paint,” Davis said. “You can’t imagine trying to replicate it.”

He liked that HTML5 — which Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 uses — is an open standard compared to Flash, the software developed by Adobe to showcase animation and video online.

“My role in the art world is making interactive art you can play with,” he said.

Here is a time lapse photo gallery. You can’t tell from the photos, but the art is animated.

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