600 Drones “Paint” Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ in Dazzling Night Sky Display

Starry Night Drone Light Show

The mysterious swirls and whirls of yellow and white against a rich blue night sky is quite easy to recognize throughout your life. You’re certain to have seen it before—if not the original on display at the MoMa in New York City, then at least in one of the many replications of the most famous paintings in the world. The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh has made its home on thousands of surfaces as posters, coffee mugs, t-shirts, throw pillows, and more. However, there has been no other rendition like that of the one that recently took place in China. Van Gogh’s Starry Night literally lit up the sky in China as hundreds of drones took flight to replicate the iconic artist's most famed works.

Drone production company EFYI Group partnered with Tianjin University in China to “paint” the sky with some of Van Gogh’s most beloved and world-revered paintings in an animated light show called A Tribute to Van Gogh. Animation was a way to tell his story, and a lot of meticulous technical planning had to back up the show’s narrative. A total of 600 drones were deployed to light up the night sky, successfully setting a Guinness World Record for the longest animation performed by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The dazzling, immersive show lasted 26 mins and 19 seconds, which required impressively high-precision positioning technology that coordinated and synchronized the drones. All 600 drones were of the same exact model—the Agile Bee II. Each one weighs about three pounds, travels at approximately 20 miles per hour, and can stay in the air for up to 38 minutes. In order for this display to qualify as an animation, the record’s guidelines required the drones to generate 12 images per second. Guinness World Records adjudicator Maggie Luo reviewed the entire show and announced that they were successful in meeting the requirements and actually breaking the record.

Besides setting the world record, the drone light show allowed Van Gogh’s narrative to unfold in the night sky as it recreated his most famous paintings, shining a light on his art and dazzling the entire world with a mesmerizing show. Together, the drones told the story of Van Gogh’s life and paid homage not only to The Starry Night, but also to Wheat Field with Cypresses, his Sunflowers series, and The Mulberry Tree in Autumn. They also moved through more vignettes of the artist’s famous work, including Almond Blossoms, Bedroom in Arles, and Self-portrait.

Scroll down to watch the dazzling drone show light up China's night sky.

Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night literally lit up the sky in China as 600 drones took flight.

Starry Night Drone Light Show

Vincent van Gogh Drone Light Show

Van Gogh Drone Light Show

Watch 600 drones “paint” the night sky with some of Van Gogh's famous art in this unbelievable display.

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h/t: [Matador Network]

All images via Guinness World Records.

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Claudicet Pena

Claudicet Pena is a Contributing Writer and Project Manager for My Modern Met. In 2005, she attended the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University where she studied Business and Marketing. Later in her career, she found herself teaching yoga and meditation full-time, earning the title “Best Yoga Teacher 2016” by Best Self Atlanta Magazine. Claudicet is currently based in Boston, combining her passions for art, writing, and business development. As a creative at heart, she devotes time to her own outlets of yoga, meditation, writing, drawing, and painting. Claudicet also shares her love of arts & culture with her daughter as they explore the city and travel abroad. Explore along with them on Instagram: @claudipena.
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