Ikea drone art wall 2021

Ikea now sells drones — in a bizarrely artistic way

You can now buy drones from Ikea, but you won’t be flying them. The IKEA Art Event 2021 is on, and one of the pieces in the collection prominently features drones.

As part of the event, Ikea invited five artists who work across fields of art and design to create art that specifically double-ups as useful household objects. And design team, which was one of the five artists selected by Ikea, Humans since 1982 clearly perceives drones as a household object now, as their pieces are a framed white box featuring multiple drones for the larger of the two works of art (and the smaller one is a similar box of just one drone).

Humans since 1982 Ikea drone wall art event 2021
Humans since 1982 art, via Ikea

The design team behind the drone art, Humans since 1982 is a Stockholm, Sweden-based artist studio established in 2009 and founded by Bastian Bischoff and Per Emanuelsson.

The frame is made of aluminum, boxing in a paper backing which serves as the background to the plastic drones.

Here are the dimensions of the larger piece, which costs $59.99:

  • Depth: 3 ” (7.5 cm)
  • Height: 19 ¾ ” (50 cm)
  • Width: 19 ¾ ” (50 cm)

And here are the dimensions of the smaller one, which is just $24.99:

  • Depth: 3 ” (7.5 cm)
  • Height: 13 ¾ ” (35 cm)
  • Width: 10 ¼ ” (26 cm)

“I hope our work will trigger feelings in a person, sometimes it might be joy, sometimes curiosity or anger,” according to a statement from Humans since 1982. “I wish that our work brings a new perspective onto life or society.”

This is the sixth Ikea art event of its kind, but it looks to be the first where drones have been featured. But, this is not the first time that the Humans since 1982 has used drones for art. In their 2019 piece Collection of Drones – Triptych, small to mid-size domestic drones are pinned in place with steel pins across three panels, subverting their intended functionality by making them motionless.

Photo of the 2019 piece Collection of Drones – Triptych by Tim Meier

Here’s what the artists said about their work:

Presenting the drones in this way attempts to address the uncertainty of our future that drones epitomise, as technology enters in to all aspects of our lives. Each drone is arranged and contained with an intentional naivety, held in place to render them neutral and tangible. Presented as static objects, we can start to assess their purpose and potential as agents of constant surveillance and artificial intelligence, or more optimistically as tools to aid disaster management and wildlife monitoring.

The act of collecting, analysing and observing this new technology through a knowingly pseudo-scientific process is an attempt to retain control over it, and make sense of it – to analyse the level of risk and possibility with which we are presented, while preserving and archiving it for an imagined future audience.

Showing drones in context of a collection is intended to prompt questions and interpretations about what we choose to preserve, and how and why we create collections. It asks how this new technology might be perceived in the future, as we transition to the next chapter of our natural and technological history.

While the Ikea drone art is available in-store and online, you’ll still have to act fast if you want a piece for yourself, as the art is only available in an unspecified, limited quantity. What’s more, Ikea envisions the drone art as being popular, as it’s limiting purchases to one per customer.

Want other drone art? Check out our drone gift guide.

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