Water Calligraphy Device

A beautiful concept unveiled at Beijing Design Week by Nicholas Hanna.

A tricycle modified by the Canadian artist simulates the Chinese custom of writing temporary messages on the road with water.

Nicholas has combined traditionalism with innovation to produce a unique form of transportation. The creation is adeptly named the ‘Water Calligraphy Device’, produced as homage to the Chinese custom of writing calligraphy in public spaces with a water brush, as a ‘contemplative and poetic act’.

The device is attached to a flat-bead tricycle (a popular form of transportation in Beijing) where the rider is able to type out passages Chinese characters via custom software. As the tricycle moves forward, the values release droplets of water to the floor, to then form beautiful Chinese characters that eventually evaporate entirely.

A beautifully worded extract from the organisers…

Water Calligraphy Device – an ubiquitous form of transportation on show at Beijing Design Week
The Water Calligraphy Device combines the inherent beauty of an ancient form of writing, a refined public art practice with the mystery and magic of mechanisms.


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