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.

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, 2014 First digital sketch of concept

The Drone Project, 2014 Placement CSU Fresno campus

The Drone Project, 2014 Maquette 1/5th scale

Drone Maquette, 2014 on display Fresno Art Museum