LandPrint, by Kitchen Budapest

Kitchen Budapest - Landscape Printer (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)
Rendering grass-image (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)

The emergence of robotic printing does not end with big and bigger walls. From there it folds into the definite scale: the landscape. An artist-collective called Budapest Kitchen this fall started working on a project called LandPrint that eventually has to result in pieces as shown above: printing an image in field of grass.

The first step in that direction is a customized lawnmower with computer-steered kitchen mixers bolted to it. The location of the mower is determined quite primitively by the rotation of the wheels. With this machine you can only print bands. The bands together could make a field, but that seems like a very imprecise job. The machine prints words into the grass, that’s it. Cutting it by hand would still be faster.

But the next step, I suspect, would be to build a robotically steered vehicle that can coordinate itself to the centimeter. Satellites don’t work that precise, so a sub-system would have to be set up, a perimeter of three radio-poles. Or four poles if that works to define the limits of the field. Just mark the corners and start printing!

Imagine what that could mean in for instance football-stadiums. Or for advertising on Google Maps.

To take it a step further: what if we build a robot, like the one that has been put on Mars, that could pick up rocks, and put them down again on a designated place? The deserts featuring rocks would transform into mega canvasses for anyone doing Land Art. The scale of the projects would simply explode.

It is not that hard to figure that eventually artworks will collide in the desert and robots of competing, overlapping artworks end up in a perpetual struggle to finish their piece. But the rock the one takes, the other takes back. The works will change according to an emerging pattern, to never be finished completely.

The next generation of robots will be armed against thieves, and will recognize a competing robot just like that. The war of the robots is to be upon us.

I know, that is too easy. More interesting would be to have robots that intelligently work on farms. Robots that not just mow the lawn, but actually harvest fruit and vegetables. Such robots now still have to be developed, and will cost money. But in cooperation’s of farms, such machines could be viable.

There are already companies scanning, literally, our landscape, into digital 3-d models. With the precision of millimeters, and including texture. We just have to scan our landscape, and add robots to it. They will know the landscape better than we do.

The robots of our factories will eventually spread out into the field. Helping us. The farmland of the future is avoid of humans, and populated by our robots. We will all live in our creative cities.

‘Mama, the forest smells like shampoo.’

That is the minor drawback. The future is for weenies, for nerds. But at least we will be beautiful and get old.

Kitchen Budapest - Landscape Printer (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)
Take some mixers (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)


Kitchen Budapest - Landscape Printer (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)
Make some connections (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)


Kitchen Budapest - Landscape Printer (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)
Add it to a lawnmower (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)


Kitchen Budapest - Landscape Printer (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)
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Kitchen Budapest - Landscape Printer (Copyright Kitchen Budapest)
And print. LandPrint (Copyright Kitchen Budapest) 


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