Nicholas Hanna – Tricycle Calligraphy

Gerade bin ich über die Kunst von Nicholas Hanna gestolpert und war sofort fasziniert. In Kanada geboren und mittlerweile in L.A. lebend, hat er um 2009 herum auch eine Weile in Peking verbracht und dort Menschen beobachtet, die mit Wasser calligraphische Buchstaben auf die Straßen und Wege der Stadt malen. “Kann ich auch”, wird er sich gedacht haben – und hat prompt dieses Dreirad umgebaut, um fortan ebenfalls chinesische Schriftzeichen auf den Boden zu tröpfel. Allerdings vollautomatisiert.

Also aufgepasst, liebe LiveCom-Kollegen – und auch die Koksnasen-Werbefuzzis: Falls Ihr mal wieder eine lustige Promotion plant oder neue Formen sucht, um die Stadt mit Werbebotschaften zuzukleistern, hier findet Ihr eine weitere Anregung.

Media Artist Nicholas Hanna built a tricycle that can also paint Chinese characters on the ground as it moves, just — because.
Water Calligraphy has a long history in China, normally characterized by older Chinese men painting characters on the ground of parks with long brushes and water.

Nicholas’ version is a wee bit more complicated.

Learn more about this project at

For those interested in what Nicholas is writing: they are Dongcheng District Propaganda phrases roughly translated as:

营造 未成年人健康成长的良好环境
Create a good environment for minors to grow up healthy

文明从脚下起步 奉献从身边做起
Civilization comes from every individual, to contribute from every little thing

树文明新风 做文明市民
Be a civilized citizen and build a civilized new atmosphere for constructing s cultured and civilized city

共建文明城区 共享美好家园
Build a civilized city for everyone to share a beautiful home altogether

做文明有礼北京人 建和谐魅力新东城
Be civilized and polite Beijingers, to build a harmonious charm new Dong Cheng district together

美德贵在坚持 文明重在行动
Virtue shows through long term persistence, civilization reflects by actions

和谐东城 你我共建
Harmonious Dong Cheng District constructed by you and me

建全国文明城区 做东城文明市民
Constructs the national civilized district, to be the civilized citizen of Dong Cheng District


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