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This best serves my purposes (mainly because it's put in inverted commas even in the German). Many thanks for the answers/explanations from invguy and Oliver, which helped me understand the connections to art. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Perhaps I've led you all astray. I'm not talking about "conjuring up" or "painting" an image using words, but rather arranging a text in such a way that the words when *seen* together *look like* a picture (or even a word). It's a graphic way of arranging text to give an added/unexpected effect ato that conveyed simply by the words themselves.
Crude example (using letters rather than words):
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Explanation: it's literal
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This best serves my purposes (mainly because it's put in inverted commas even in the German). Many thanks for the answers/explanations from invguy and Oliver, which helped me understand the connections to art.
Explanation: The term "mosaic image" is commonly used in imaging to describe an image consisting of separate standalone elements; these may be complete images in themselves, but they are so much smaller than the 'big image' they form, that their details are not perceivable - due to both the imperfection of human sight and to the generalization ability of the visual perception mechanism.