The bicentennial photo mosaic, which uses thousands of photographs of Ohio University's people, places and moments to create the image of Cutler Hall, was an idea born from Amanda Cunningham. As president of the Senior Class, Cunningham wanted the class to create something memorable to honor the University's bicentennial and to raise funds for its senior gift to the University.
Finding the photos of the University’s history was eased by utilizing images from "Ohio University, 1804-2004: The Spirit of a Singular Place," by Betty Hollow and University Communications and Marketing (UCM). But to actually create the image of Cutler Hall, Cunningham and UCM contacted Runaway Technology, whose Photomosaics technology was created by the company’s president and CEO, Robert Silvers.
Silvers invented the technology at the age of 26 while a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and founded the company immediately upon graduation in June of 1996. His company has created images for clients from IBM to MasterCard to Disney. He has been commissioned to create covers for Life and Newsweek magazines and to create portraits of Vice President Al Gore, H. M. King Hussein of Jordan and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
As the artwork was being created, Cunningham died in a car accident near her hometown of Massillon, Ohio, before she was able to see the accomplishment of her hard work. UCM continued the project and the University purchased the work to use throughout its bicentennial celebration.
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