Niklas Roy's Public Painting Machine is a unique and heartfelt project aimed at encouraging artistry within communities. The machine was set up in a shop window during the Katowice Street Art Festival in Germany. Strings hung outside the shop window, attached to the machine inside. Passersby could tug on the strings to select paint colors, aim and paint their very own collaborative masterpieces on a canvas inside the store.
Artists who contributed to the finished pieces had their names nailed on cards beneath the paintings so that full credit could be given. The resulting paintings are colorfully abstract, displaying different styles and choices that somehow blend together to form a cohesive whole.
Roy's brilliant idea is a great way to get communities to help each other with a unifying project. It also encourages people to try their hand at creating works of art. Being able to share an experience with an entire community of people is a unique experience that will hopefully catch on throughout the world.