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“The city is an open canvas, where people can inscribe their stories in many ways. Such processes have always been happening; however, with Paint by Drone we tried to accelerate them, using drone technology to allow for a new use of painting as a means of expression.”

Carlo Ratti_


"Paint by Drone" is the world’s first crowdsourced graffiti, designed by thousands of people and painted by a swarm of drones in the city of Torino, Italy. The large-scale painting (14x12-meter, or 46x39-foot) was developed as part of UFO-Urban Flying Opera, The final vertical graffiti was created by four UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) flying simultaneously over two consecutive days. Each drone carried a tank of sustainable spray paint and sketched the individual designs on the canvas. The experiment in Torino’s Aurelio Peccei park, on the outskirts of the city, represented the first time a swarm of drones was employed to create a collaborative piece of art on a vertical surface.

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A project promoted by Compagnia di San Paolo, ideated and curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, coordinated and produced by Fondazione LINKS with Tsuru Robotics

Venue: Parco Aurelio Peccei, Turin

Date: June 2019

Photo credits: Andrea Guermani
Video credits: Actingout