31 March 2014

Artist Makes A Vehicle That Prints Propaganda Phrases On The Ground As It Moves

[Click here to view the video in this article]

French Canadian media artist Nicholas Hanna, while living in Beijing, noticed that elderly calligraphy artists who would paint words with water on the sidewalks in the parks. That inspired him to create his own Water Calligraphy Device.

Converting a tricycle to his special water calligraphy vehicle, he digitally ‘painted’ Chinese characters onto the sidewalk as he travelled.

The characters form eight different propaganda phrases in the district of Dongcheng in Beijing.

This project was first shown at Beijing Design Week in 2011.

Watch these two videos filmed by Jonah Kessel to get an idea of what this vehicle does.

水书法器 Water Calligraphy Device - BJDW Clip from Nicholas Hanna on Vimeo.

Just Because: Tricycle Calligraphy 水书法器 from Jonah Kessel on Vimeo.

[via The Kids Should See This]