The launch of The Drone Graffiti Project, a collaboration with leading art studios and tech startups, will immortalize urban street art through the aeternity blockchain. Modified drones will complete the world’s first live urban art installation during Mexico City’s Art Week.
Three artists have been selected to take part and they will simultaneously create urban art on the city walls and on the blockchain. The artworks will be permanently archived on the blockchain, creating a free, accessible and living art platform, that is decentralized, uncensored, transparent, and collaborative.
The Drone Graffiti Project is “dedicated to advancing Drone Graffiti as a new medium and making it available to the people”. The aeternity blockchain provides a verifiable digital identity for urban art that will put an end to the risks of fraud, for example, an original Banksy really will be verified as such, while tokenization offers boundless opportunities for street art to become highly valuable in the future.
Yanislav Malahov, founder of aeternity and the architect behind the project said: “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”.
Painting Artwork Via An App
Modifying the drones was the work of Janis Kuze from SPH Engineering. They needed to be able to paint artwork via an app. “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,” said Suze.
Building the hardware and software needed for the project was a multi-party endeavour. Alongside aeternity were Voliro AG who promote the concept of drones being able to fly in all orientations, Dronemasters, a “cross-industry platform for vertical mobility” and All City Canvas who were inspired by the Mexican mural movement, and claim they are in “a constant evolution to challenge the cities, immerse ourselves in the Street culture and play with technologies to create our own lifestyle”.
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