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Artists Paint with Drones at Live Event for Mexico City Art Week | Tech Startups and Art Studios Collaborate on Drone Graffiti Project

BY Isabella Lee
14 February 2019

We’ve seen drones put to creative use in various drone light shows, but never before have we seen drones used for artisitc expression like during this year’s Mexico City Art Week.

Last weekend, modified drones completed the world’s first live urban art installation powered by blockchain during the annual Mexico City Art Week. The event took place February 8-10 and marked the launch of the Drone Graffiti Project—a creative initiative to unite communities across virtual and physical worlds, empowering them to create unique artworks with drones in a collaborative manner.


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Drones Provide a New Art Medium

Three artists were selected to work with the Drone Graffiti Project, including American pottery artist Tom Edwards, Mexican urban artist Mr. Kone, and Mexican sci-fi artist and illustrator Smithe. These three artists tested their abilities to interact with technology while creating incredible pieces of art in their own style.

In an interview with All City Canvas, a network for Mexico-based urban art legends, Edwards said he was excited about the experimental nature of the project, and that the novelty of using drones fueled his creativity.

As an artist, “it really opened up my creative thoughts about what I could be doing,” Edwards told All City Canvas.

The drones were modified by SPH Engineering to be able to paint artwork via an app. SPH Engineering specializes in the research and development of custom drone hardware and software for a variety of needs.

Enabling a drone to be the tool of graffiti artists has been technically challenging as the drone has to fly near to a wall, vertically, and horizontally and the flight path has to create a painting.

—Janis Kuze, SPH Engineering.

Take a look at some of the drones and artists in action during the event:


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Visual Recap of the first few days of the #DroneGraffiti “Warm Up” phase! Follow our stories to keep up with the project!

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æternity’s Blockchain and Drone Technology Raises the Value of Urban Street Art

The Drone Graffiti Project enables the global community to graffiti by drone with æternity open-source software built on a decentralized, uncensored, transparent blockchain. By design, data encrypted on a blockchain is resistant to modification. The platform enables the street art to be archived and authenticated indefinitely, while making it accessible to a global audience.

“Urban art has always been a medium for expression but is all-too-often fleeting in nature. By anchoring these temporary works of art in a digital ledger, they become permanent and their message amplified. No longer is viewership limited to people passing a wall, but it’s permanently open to the world,” said Yanislav Malahov, founder of æternity blockchain and visionary behind The Drone Graffiti Project.

The æternity blockchain provides a verifiable digital identity for urban art that will put an end to the risks of fraud (Is that Banksy really a Banksy?), while tokenization offers immense opportunity for street art to become highly valuable in the future.

To make this project a success, multiple personnel from tech startups and art studios put their diverse skills to use as a team, resulting in a harmonious fusion between technology and art. Building the hardware and software needed for this groundbreaking project were æternity blockchain, Voliro AG, SPH Engineering, DRONEMASTERS and Mexico-based urban art legends All City Canvas, among others.

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