Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide Joins Million Artists Project

Worcester, MA, October 05, 2006 --( Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) has been invited to join Million Artists, an international fund-raising project for medical charities. The website aims to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest piece of collaborative abstract art record while collecting donations for non-profits. Each donor selects a pixel of color to become part of a huge abstract “painting.” 

CFW is an international, nonprofit organization working to promote access to appropriate care and education to people affected by cystic fibrosis. Their work in developing countries focuses on improving knowledge between medical professionals and governments and strengthening cystic fibrosis care and associations. Their global partners include the World Health Organization and more than fifty member countries. Please visit them online at 

Computer programmers Eugene Pik and Anthony Barker created the technology that allows an image to be created from the random pixels. Users go to the website, make a donation through Paypal, and chooses the color of their pixel. The computer randomly assigns the pixel a location, and an image is slowly created. 

The current world record, set by Jim Campbell in 1998, used 25,297 people to paint a picture. “I wanted to use Internet and computer technology to invite a million artists to break that record,” Pik said. 

The site is translated in 25+ languages, making it easy for anyone to become a part of the project. Many of the donors are artists themselves who wanted to support the project. A randomly selected list displays donors and links to their homepages. Money collected is sent to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Tim Seaward, an artist-donor from Great Britain, commented that: “I will place a link on my index page, and because I am a member of a local Arts Group, I shall share the news with them... and tell anyone else I can! This is going to be amazing!” 

To find out more about this exciting project, please visit

Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide
Christine Noke