Usually here on FemSTEM.com, we tend to focus on women who are making strides in science, technology, engineering, and math. However, that being said — when we see something incredible that we want to share, we want to share it regardless. And this art project that highlights 30 different endangered species in 3o different “pieces” was incredible to discover and work with. This is a review of the art project “In Pieces” by Bryan James. This project came about in 2015, but sadly, I’m just discovering it now.
Bryan James describes himself on his website as a “30 year old creator who looks like a 12 year old boy”, hilariously enough. He has worked on several art projects that range over a numerous amount of different topics, and has won an incredible amount of awards for his work. His latest piece, the CSS-based interactive website “In Pieces”, which you should really check out here, uses CSS polygons to make every creature that he features.
“Since hearing about CSS polygons, I’ve been a little surprised at the lack of furore around the technology, so I wanted to create something which not only worked as a project in itself, but also pushed this underused line of code as far as possible,” He says on his website. In 2015, his site won the FWA Site of the Month Award.
The entire project is made with these CSS polygons, which is a coding “element is used to create a graphic that contains at least three sides”.
“No tricks or tools have been used to get the illustrated results, code-wise or graphically. Point by point, shape by shape, each one has been handcrafted via a personally-created tracing JS function after illustration.” – Via How It’s Made; In Pieces
On the site itself, you can scroll through all 30 endangered creatures, which range from the Helmeted Hornbill, to the Long Beaked Echidna. On the right side of the screen, you see a button that says “What’s the Threat?”, and there you can see the animal’s scientific name, its range, and find out why this particular animal is at risk. From there, on the lower left-hand side of the “What’s the Threat?” screen, you can check out population decline and other statistics. You can also watch a video from YouTube about the animal (though, disappointingly, this feature didn’t work great on my Mac via the Safari browser), as well as get further info.
The site also offers computer wallpapers of every animal, which you can get by clicking the furtherest-right button next to the name of the animal on each “pieces” page.
On top of this, there’s also a poster that you can purchase of all 30 animals, for almost $35 on Society6 if you so desire. Any proceeds from the poster “will go to EVOLUTIONARILY DISTINCT & GLOBALLY ENDANGERED, an initiative which deals with the kind of species showcased within In Pieces.”
“In Pieces hopes to educate and inspire, and provoke thought on this complex and intricate topic. I sincerely hope that you can take something new away and enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed researching, designing and building it.”