Art Made with 550,000 Paper Dots

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ASPIRING artist Nikki Douthwaite is seeing spots before her eyes… 550,000 of them to be exact.From a distance her work - depicting a Sunday afternoon in the centre of Paris - may look like an ordinary painting.

But get close to the staggering piece of work and it becomes clear that it is made up of tiny circles of coloured paper from a hole punch.For 18 hours a day, for the past three months, Nikki has been painstakingly sticking each dot in place with glue and a pair of tweezers.

And now the massive work, measuring 10.5ft by 7ft, is on display at Manchester Metropolitan University.