Outdoor Painting Machine Empowers Passersby To Become Artists [Video]

Outdoor Painting Machine Empowers Passersby To Become Artists [Video]

With the Public Painting Machine, people on the street could create works of art by pulling on ropes that control the machine.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 13 june 2013

German artist Niklas Roy, in collaboration with Kati Hyyppä, turned an empty retail space in Katowice, Poland into an art gallery with a Public Painting Machine on the front window.

The collaborative art installation was presented during the Katowice Street Art Festival and attracted a lot of potential artists on the street.

By pulling on ropes, people on the street could create works of art on the spot and in collaboration with other people. Each day two canvases were provided for the activity and the finished works of art were then exhibited inside the gallery. The names of the artists who contributed to a canvas were nailed below the painting to ensure that credit was given.



Over 60 paintings were exhibited at the gallery and all were auctioned off. The sales from the painting were then divided among the artists.

The Public Painting Machine is completely mechanical and inspired by the computer controlled pen plotters. People could control the machine by pulling on the ropes hanging outside the gallery window. The leftmost rope moved the canvas sideways, the middle rope moved the paint brush up and down, and the third one painted on the canvas itself. Three small buckets of paint and a jar full of water were available for color options and for rinsing the brush.

Watch the video below for more about the project.

Niklas Roy


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