Artist’s trike prints Chinese calligraphy on the ground, using water

Artist Nicholas Hanna has created a cargo tricycle-based system that prints Chinese callig...

When Canadian media artist Nicholas Hanna first moved to the Chinese city of Beijing, he was quite taken with the water calligraphy that he saw people creating in the parks. The art form consists of using a large brush to paint Chinese calligraphy on the road, in water, so the characters disappear as the water evaporates. Hanna decided to put his own spin on it, and rigged up a cargo tricycle with a computer-controlled dot matrix water release system, that squirts out passages of Chinese poetry on the road behind him as he rides.

Nicholas Hanna adjusting the solenoid valves on his Water Calligraphy Device

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Artist Nicholas Hanna has created a cargo tricycle-based system that prints Chinese callig...

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Artist Nicholas Hanna has created a cargo tricycle-based system that prints Chinese callig...

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Hanna's trike in the process of laying down its water calligraphy

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Artist Nicholas Hanna has created a cargo tricycle-based system that prints Chinese callig...

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Hanna's trike uses an array of 16 solenoid valves

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An example of the calligraphy generated by Hanna's trike

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An example of the calligraphy generated by Hanna's trike

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Artist Nicholas Hanna has created a cargo tricycle-based system that prints Chinese callig...

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Artist Nicholas Hanna has created a cargo tricycle-based system that prints Chinese callig...

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Artist Nicholas Hanna has created a cargo tricycle-based system that prints Chinese callig...

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