During the past few months, I’ve become increasingly interested in digital art. Glitch, visualizations, pixels … it’s all very exciting, and I’ve wanted to dive in myself. As I progressed, I found myself tweaking the level of abstraction so much that I wrote code to do it in the browser.

Below are highly abstracted famous works of art. Each click will bring you closer and closer to the original. At some point, “Voila!” The experience is a bit like putting on glasses for the first time and suddenly realizing that you hadn’t been able before to see the leaves on the trees.

(TIP: Patience!  The individual frames and process of discovery are the best part. That said, how many clicks does it take for you to guess the final image? Answers are below, along with more detail on each artwork.)

Do you have an idea for an artwork that would be terrific with this abstract treatment? Let us know in the comments section below.  Follow Duncan Graham on Twitter

A longer version of this post originally appeared on dvncan.com

18 objects that define America

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ONE TIME USE ONLY WITH or to promote 101 OBJECTS THAT MADE AMERICA GALLERY; DO NOT ARCHIVE; NO SALES: DO NOT DISTRIBUTE the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem almost 200 years ago in 1814. Courtesy of the National Museum of American History. (Courtesy of the National Museum of American History)

18 objects that define America

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ONE TIME USE ONLY WITH or to promote 101 OBJECTS THAT MADE AMERICA GALLERY; DO NOT ARCHIVE; NO SALES: DO NOT DISTRIBUTE the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem almost 200 years ago in 1814. Courtesy of the National Museum of American History. (Courtesy of the National Museum of American History)