Pin Art

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Pin Art or Pinscreen[1] is an executive toy patented in 1987 by Ward Fleming.[2] It consists of a boxed surface made of a crowded array of pins that are free to slide in and out independently in a screen to create a three-dimensional relief. Other similar product names are "PinPressions" and "Pinhead". The original Pinscreen toys were made of metal pins, which were heavier and tended to bend easily; newer Pinscreen toys are generally made of plastic pins. Pinscreens have also been used for animation production; a larger device working on a similar principle was invented by Claire Parker in 1935.[3]

A giant 4' × 8' pinscreen is at the Swiss Science Center Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland. This screen is like a large 3D drawing pad that can work with different sizes of paintbrushes for calligraphy.

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the Pinscreen". Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  2. ^ United States Patent 4,654,989
  3. ^ Neupert, Richard (2011-03-08). French Animation History. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4443-9257-9.