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A 2011 work by artist Tauba Auerbach, RGB Colorspace Atlas is a set of 8x8x8″ cubical books, each of which has been printed, inside and out, to match the familiar cubical model of the RGB color space. By turning the pages, one can access practically any point within the volume of the cube. There are three books in the set, each bound along a different axis, to allow free exploration of the color space in any direction.

Tauba Auerbach – Works – RGB Colorspace Atlas

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. Ez-Man says:

    No video? Bah!

  2. albeepd says:

    Ironic, since book printing in color is usually done using the CMYK “color space”…

  3. Tim says:

    It’s not the “complete” RGB colorspace. More likely it’s the mapping of the RGB color namespace through the particular color management of the printer and printer driver to CMY+K?+m+c+???), including gamut mapping (compression, expansion and/or clipping of the differences between the RGB and the printer)

    Nevertheless, it make a cool art piece.

    1. Sean Ragan says:

      Thanks, Tim. I struggled with terminology writing this piece. Can you help me think of a better headline?

  4. ka mitchell says:

    Any running horses in the corners? Flip, flip, get em up scout,flip, flip…..

  5. Peter says:

    Sorry to but in to nerd space here but aren’t these just plain beautiful

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