Airedale Nation, a photography group in Alma, took part in a UN  project Wednesday called the International Day of Light, which included a crowdsourced reproduction of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.”

The 456-piece photo mosaic of “The Starry Night” was created by 50 photographers from around the world using a technique called “light painting.”

“We’re just a little town here, but we are a piece of something much bigger and being represented in Paris today,” Johnny Griffin of Airedale Nation said Wednesday on the International Day of Light.

As noted at PetaPixel.com, “The Starry Night” mosaic project was created by photographer Dan Chick of the Light Painting Blog using Piece Out, a website he created that helps groups of people coordinate the creation of photo mosaics.

Chick and Light Painting World Alliance founder Sergey Churkin wanted to organize a special project for the International Day of Light, an entry at PetaPixel.com reads. The painting was loaded into Piece Out on Jan. 20. Eventually, 50 photographers in 20 countries filled in every single square in the mosaic. The effort took about three months. The image will be exhibited as part of the International Day of Light in France and Germany.

Griffin said Airdale Nation is part of three pieces in “The Starry Night” photo mosaic: One is in the town of the picture, one is in the tower and one is in the sky. Prints of the photo mosaic can be purchased through the PetaPixel.com article.

As noted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the International Day of Light “provides a platform for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO — education, equality and peace.”

Airdale Nation, Griffin said, also took part in the Mid-Atlantic Light Painting World Alliance, which had 16 global events and can be found on Facebook by searching "Light Painting World Alliance."