The Drone Project, 2014
Participatory memorial and public sculpture.

Artist Joseph DeLappe announces the completion of a commissioned project by the Center for Creativity and the Arts as the Visiting Artist in Residence for 2014 at Fresno State University. DeLappe worked for 2+ weeks on campus with over 100 students, interns and local volunteers to create a full-to-scale sculptural reproduction of a MQ1 Predator drone. The work is a participatory memorial – constructed onsite and resulting in a final, performative event held on April 6th, to write the names of 334 civilian drone casualties from Pakistan upon the surface of the drone (written in English and Urdu) – the names were as well read aloud. The drone has been installed as if it crash landed on the site. The sculpture was created using a digital 3D file that was been processed using Pepakura Designer and adapted for large-scale construction using low-res polygons for yellow corrugated plastic. The work is currently on display on the Fresno State campus through May 31st. A story on the project from the Fresno Bee.

The Drone Project, 2014 Completed project volunteers.

MQ1 Predator Drone: The Drone Memorial, 2014.

MQ1 Predator Drone: The Drone Memorial, 2014

MQ1 Predator Drone: The Drone Memorial, 2014

MQ1 Predator Drone: Writing Names of the Dead, 2014

MQ1 Predator Drone: Writing the Names of the Dead, 2014

Names being read aloud, The Drone Project, 2014

One of the 334 names, The Drone Project, 2014

MQ1 Predator Drone: The Drone Memorial, 2014

MQ1 Predator Drone: Translating Names to Urdu, 2014

MQ1 Predator Drone: The Drone Memorial, 2014

MQ1 Predator Drone: The Drone Memorial, 2014

Joseph DeLappe, The Drone Project  

The Drone Project on Google Earth, image recorded last day of build

Drone shadow after de-installation, June, 2014

The Drone Project, 2014 First digital sketch of concept

The Drone Project, 2014 Maquette 1/5th scale

Drone Maquette, 2014 on display Fresno Art Museum