The Drone Memorial

The Drone Memorial


View from “The Drone Memorial” project, as captured by Community Alliance photographer Richard Iyall. Under way since March 16 and led by artist Joseph DeLappe, the participatory memorial project will feature a life-sized sculpture of a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. According to Artistic Director Adan Avalos from Fresno State’s Center for Creativity in the Arts, the project is designed to inspire healthy dialogue around the issues of modern-day technologies in domestic and world conflicts.

From Peace Fresno:

Peace Fresno hosted an event with The Drone Project designer, Joseph DeLappe. DeLappe was the spring 2014 artist-in-residence at the Center of Creativity and the Arts, California State University Fresno. His installations in electronic and new media, online gaming performance, sculpture and electromechanics are known across the United States and abroad. Please join the farewell activities:


 Drone Project Farewell

Friday, May 30, 2014


4:30 p.m. assemble at the sculpture,*

view the names of Pakistani citizens killed by U.S. drone warfare,

reflect on U.S. foreign policy and its effect the lives

of people in the U.S. and abroad

5:00 p.m. “Anti-Drone Warfare” March

A short march with signs and banners from the Drone Sculpture

to Wesley United Methodist Church.

Route: Maple and Shaw west to Cedar, north on Cedar to Barstow, west on Barstow to Wesley United Methodist Church. Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E Barstow Ave, at Millbrook – between Cedar and First.

5:30 p.m. Artist Joseph DeLappe will ask those assembled

to reflect again on the individuals whose names are written

on The Drone Project sculpture. Then he will deliver a PowerPoint

presentation on his work as social-activist/artist.

6:30 Dinner by Tacos Marquitos (donations accepted), socializing,

and informal conversation with Joseph DeLappe.


*The drone sculpture is on the lawn to the west of the Conely Art Building. Free parking in adjacent lots on Friday afternoon. Conely Art Building is on the east side of campus. An excellent map of the campus:

Contact: Beverly Fitzpatrick 355-9717, Dan Yaseen 251-3361

Peace Fresno appreciates the role of the Center of Creativity and the Arts at CSUF in bringing “The Drone Project – A Participatory Memorial” to campus as a part of their 2013-2014 theme of Data and Technology.



History and Info About

 ”The Drone Project – A Participatory Memorial”


“The Drone Project – A Participatory Memorial” was brought to campus as a part of the Center of Creativity and the Arts 2013-2014 theme of Data and Technology. Artist-in-Residence Joseph DeLappe together with CSUF students, staff, and community members produced the life-size sculpture of a General Atomics MQ-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

What is LIFE-SIZE for the MQ-1?

Length: 27 ft (8.22 m)

Wingspan: 48.7 ft

Height: 6.9 ft (2.1 m)

MORE INFO: Joseph DeLappe’s website – very interesting!

Center for Creativity and the Arts, College of Arts & Humanities

“Drone: A Participatory Memorial” by Peace Fresno President Teresa Castillo in the March edition of the Community Alliance.

Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars Available online
A documentary from Brave New Foundation and director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.

“General Atomics MQ-1 Predator”, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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