The Morning GIF: Abacus flats

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

If a house is a machine for living, an apartment building is very often a machine for soul-crushing. The bleak, repetitive geometry—imbued with the grime of decades—can turn even Jiminy Cricket into a Nine Inch Nails fan before you can say “establishmentarian conformity.”

It’s this drab canvas that Greta Larkins of the normally playful FashGIF has taken on in her entry for the Moving the Still art contest, with delightful results.

These tiny sliding windows really slide, left to right like an abacus, adding up to more fun than these blank brick walls have seen since their construction workers pranked one another’s lunchboxes with granola bars instead of donuts. On Tumblr, kinetic architecture fans have left 37 notes.

Photo by Greta Larkins/Tumblr

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.