In Brief

A central management system called Paint By Drone enables a hive of drones to draw fan-submitted content on any wall, anywhere in the world

Having previously covered DIY drones used to vandalize Kendell Jenner’s Calvin Klein Jeans billboard in SoHo back in 2015, PSFK revisits the topic nearly two full years later to see how the gravity-free art form has further evolved. Envisioning an infrastructure with which artists can use the technology at scale, Italian innovation and design firm Carlo Ratti Associati’s ‘Paint By Drone’ system employs a collection of drones working synchronously to paint gorgeous murals—the first of which will appear in Berlin, Germany and Turin, Italy.

Using the four traditional colors of the printing process—cyan, magenta, yellow and key—the teams hope to complete a variety of projects, many of which will be crowd sourced to build community and encourage diversity in artistic expression. Using an accompanying app which links the drones together, participants can choose pre-loaded drawings, further selecting which colors will appear where, or start with a blank slate and watch as the drones superimpose their designs onto larger structures. Either way, the Paint By Drone system further democratizes graffiti by offering the same utility at a lower the cost than that of traditional scaffolding projects, and further changes the dialogue around the public policy of graffiti.

Paint By Drone

Having previously covered DIY drones used to vandalize Kendell Jenner’s Calvin Klein Jeans billboard in SoHo back in 2015, PSFK revisits the topic nearly two full years later to see how the gravity-free art form has further evolved. Envisioning an infrastructure with which artists can use the technology at scale, Italian innovation and design firm Carlo Ratti Associati’s ‘Paint By Drone’ system employs a collection of drones working synchronously to paint gorgeous murals—the first of which will appear in Berlin, Germany and Turin, Italy.