A mosaic with serious game

Mosaic artist Arno Coenen created this video-game-inspired mosaic for an Amsterdam elementary school.

In this episode of "Art imitates life," tiles imitate pixels.

Artist Arno Coenen created this video-game-inspired mosaic for an Amsterdam elementary school. The work, titled Virtual Fairytale, lines the tunnels to the entrance of the school. Not a bad way to head to class.

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Imagine an archaeologist in the distant future uncovering these murals. They'd think today's world was inhabited by necktie-wearing apes, invaded by pixellated aliens, and haunted by multicolored ghosts.

Like most successful video games, there's even a sequel. The absolutely huge Virtual Fairytale 2 includes scenes from Track & Field and Pole Position.

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If you've got piles of money laying around, you can even order your own custom Coenen mosaic through Rock And Royal.

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