The aim of the Landprint project is to reproduce subtle patterns and photos by combining various species of plants with programmed robotics.

Plants and flowers that spawn seem to make continuous patterns with their various colours and shades seen from a distance. With the use of programmed robotics for the planting and cutting of plants, we can manipulate the evolving patterns, to render photo-like, delicate images.

Our aim

Similarly to the reproduction of photographs, we would like to manipulate the patterns provided by the systematic cultivation of plants. We are developing devices to facilitate the planting and cutting of grass and plants. Beyond playfulness, in this way, parks and public gardens would provide a different sight on close inspection and from a distance.

Why it is interesting

- It is interesting in itself to manipulate vegetation by robotics so that the patterns form an image;
- the lawnmower version may arouse the interest of anyone who would like to cut his grass making certain patterns, i.e., to make their own home landprint;
- and vegetation viewed from above has an advertising potential, as well, think of manipulating grassy yards of office blocks, or making landmarks visible on google maps.

How does it work?

We have modified a lawnmower so that it is able to cut a pattern into the grass. While pushing the lawnmower, the programmed robotic device switches on and off small blades. The final image is made up from the cut and uncut grass surfaces.

With the help of our first prototype, we can cut a line of text into the grass. We have combined a lawnmower with 14 hand-mixers, controlled by a programmed control panel and a computer running the control program. The turn of the wheel is perceived by a sensor panel consisting of a light sensor and a LED. When the sensor panel sends a signal, the control panel reads the next line of pixels according to which it switches on and off the corresponding hand-mixer.

Current state

With the collaboration of a professional, we have studied different types of grass and their planting methods. We have also examined how a traditional lawnmower should be transformed so that it produces the desired effect with the help of the hand-mixers and the built-in program.

The first prototype can cut a line of text into the grass. We can cut also patterns or pictures, but at the current state the device cannot automatically assure that the successive lines will fit together in the resulted image.

The illustration of the header image is an artist's rendering.

Participating researchers:

Bagi Tamás, Gálik Györgyi, Csík-Kovács Zoltán, Maxigas, Sipos Melinda, Szalai András


in english:

- Kitchen Budapest overview, makezine, March 10 2008
- Visit to Kitchen Budapest, we make money not art, March 7 2008
- The Landprint Project, The Whispering Crane Institute, December 11 2007
- Landprint Aims to Rewrite History, Innovation news of, December 06 2007
- LandPrint, by Kitchen Budapest, INF, November 21, 2007
- LandPrint, by Kitchen Budapest, Eikongraphia, November 21 2007
- Landprints - You Have To See This!, Douggreensgarden
- Kitchen Budapest catalog, we make money not art, November 20 2007

in hungarian:

- Rajzoló fűnyíró és fénylugas,, October 8 2007
- Digitális szezonzáró a Kitchenben,, September 26 2007

Landprint in Touch of Code

sensor panel for detection of wheel turn

the project needed 14 mixers

this panel is for switching 4 mixers

last phase, fixing everithing together

ready to operate

the "hello" cut at the project presentation (half of "o" letter is missing)