Robots are taking wall murals to a whole new level
Art and technology meet in unexpected places to create wonderful expressions of humanity.
Perhaps the oldest and most famous example of such a blend of art and technology was Leanardo Da Vinci. One day, he was painting exquisite masterpieces of smiling women, the other, he was inventing thrilling new ways for people to experience the world. From diving suits to flying machines, his unhinged imagination enabled him to envision (and in part create) the future.
Over at D Emptyspace, we’re obsessed with that meeting point. The place where technology and art meet to create something no one thought was possible. Which is why we were so excited to come across the Robots for Humanity community and the Robot Muralist company.
“We are transforming cities, communities, public spaces and homes through the vision of artists.”
Using a wall-crawling robot, they can recreate any artwork, at any scale, on almost any surface. Just take a look at the video below.
This is something that can transform a cityscape in a matter of days.
The technical details of how it works
The robot uses a collection of spray paint cans and a clever algorithm to calculate how the artwork will be scaled on the surface of the wall.
It can spray 1 m² per minute — an incredibly fast application for something that could take weeks to months if hand-painted by an artist.
The robot doesn’t actually come up with its own ‘art’ (although that’s also something these clever folks are working on!). It needs an artists input to transfer the image over. It’s a true collaboration between an artist and technology.
The robot paints much like a traditional printer. It uses small dots of color to make up different colors and details. Each dot is 1cm in diameter. As technology improves and advances, this will probably reduce further making a smoother finish.
Quick side note:This ‘resolution’ translation is something the D Emptyspace team has dealt with at length. When taking an artwork into another medium, be it a digital gallery or gigantic mural, staying true to the original piece is a major concern.
Making the world more beautiful with art
Next up, the Robot Muralist team are partnering with Mindvalley to paint 4 gigantic murals in Pula, Croatia.
They’re on a mission to transform boring, depressing, gray urban spaces into striking points of human expression.
Now that’s something we can get behind!
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