Wicked Bike Hack That Spray Paints Rainbows, Hands-Free

akay robo-rainbowMudlevel/via

Though we are not in the business of encouraging senseless vandalism, we admit that we're mischievously awed by this ingenious bike hack from Swedish street artist Akay. Dubbed the "Robo-Rainbow," the mechanical contraption allows the user to paint stripes of all colours in an arc, hands-free, while riding a bike.

One of a series of self-engineered and cheekily titled "Instruments of Mass Destruction," which are "complicated technical solution[s] to aide [sic] in simple acts of vandalism," the Robo-Rainbow uses a system consisting of a drill, joystick controller and other found parts. Here's a video of it in action:

robo-rainbow from mudlevel on Vimeo.

In addition to the Robo-Rainbow, Akay has also made another similar, but simpler apparatus that goes behind the bicycle and paints only straight lines, allowing the user to spray quickly while in motion, thus lessening the risk of capture:

rainbow warrior from mudlevel on Vimeo.

Of course, there's more than one way to brighten up drab urban places. Instead of relying on the pesky permanence of spray paint, alternatively there are yarn-bombs, seed bombs and even graffiti made out of moss or water -- perfect for making your mark, but without the risk of you being arrested for outright vandalism. However, the do-it-yourself character of this project is admirable -- even if it's not the most legal of mediums.

akay rainbow warriorMudlevel/via

See more over at Vimeo, via Mudlevel.

Wicked Bike Hack That Spray Paints Rainbows, Hands-Free
A Swedish street artist engineers a spray-painting, robotic arm attached to the rear of a bicycle. Legal? Probably not. Cool? Yes.

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