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Graffiti Artist Makes Spray Paint Spirograph

by Paul Strauss

I always loved playing with my Spirograph when I was a little kid. Of course, now with tablet and computer painting apps, it’s hard to imagine going back to such a simple creative plaything. But sometimes, simplicity is fun too. One graffiti artist still loves his Spirograph, and it inspired him to make a giant one.


Using the basic principles behind the original Spirograph, street artist Narcélio Grud bent a large metal rod into a circle, and then attached a rig which allows a set of smaller wheels (made from bicycles) to spin around on the inside and holds the spray can button down. As he turns the wheel, a rotating geometric pattern appears, just like with the original Spirograph toy. Adjusting a couple of bolts that hold the spray can let him create a virtually infinite number of patterns. Here, check it out in action:

While the effect isn’t as precise as using a pen and paper, it’s still a cool idea, and I’d love to see someone make a motorized version of this thing sometime.

[via Rebelart via Nerdcore (DE)]

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Comments (3):

  1. Julius Zsako says:

    Is he a “street artist” or “graffiti artist”? “Graffiti” implies that the markings were being done without consent. As such, graffiti is a crime of vandalism. If I missed something, ping me at http://www.DefacingAmerica.com . BTW, pretty original work by the muralist.

    • Technabob says:

      I wasn’t aware of the distinction. You learn something new every day. If thought the terms were used interchangeably, and some street artists work with permission and some don’t.

  2. JayTee says:

    For those that would like to do their own I recently released an app…

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