Here’s something awesome for you Ricepaper readers: 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.
Watch the video: http://vimeo.com/29414931#
Learn more about this project here.
For those interested in what Nicholas is writing: they are Dongcheng District Propaganda phrases roughly translated as:
Create a good environment for minors to grow up healthy
Civilization comes from every individual, to contribute from every little thing
Be a civilized citizen and build a civilized new atmosphere for constructing s cultured and civilized city
Build a civilized city for everyone to share a beautiful home altogether
Be civilized and polite Beijingers, to build a harmonious charm new Dong Cheng district together
Virtue shows through long term persistence, civilization reflects by actions
Harmonious Dong Cheng District constructed by you and me
Constructs the national civilized district, to be the civilized citizen of Dong Cheng District