Tricycle Caligraphy by Jonah Kessel

Tricycle Caligraphy by Jonah Kessel

Tricycle Caligraphy by Jonah Kessel

Tricycle Caligraphy by Jonah Kessel

Nicholas Hanna seems like he gets bored easily. With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Architecture from Yale, the guy has the knowledge and curiosity to make some really cool stuff, like the Water Calligraphy Device. Water calligraphy is a thing in China, where old guys chill out in parks with brushes on poles, writing beautiful marks onto the ground.

Nicholas has created the modern day equivalent. Rigging up a trike with a computer and some water jets, he rolls around the city writing bits of propaganda like, “Civilization comes from every individual, to contribute from every little thing.” It’s a really amazing idea, and it’s cool to see how people react as he passes them by. Although, I feel like if this sort of concept was brought to America it would be abused and used for evil purposes like Burger King advertisements.

To see the rest of the messages he writes, click here.

3 Comments Tricycle Caligraphy by Jonah Kessel

  1. brad February 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Actually this concept did come from America back in 2004 by Joshua Kinberg in a project called Bikes Against Bush. And later used by Nike for the Tour De France Chalkbot campaign in 2009.

  2. Aj February 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I’ve always really liked the execution Nike did at the Tour De France with the Chalkbot. Although water > paint, a nice addition to the concept.

  3. TheBanditPriest March 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Chalkbot indeed. And yes, it was for Livestrong, but it was a man’s gift to his mother who is still battling cancer.

    Great things happen in this country everyday, even from schmucks in advertising.

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