Craft & Design
This Invisible Art is Activated by Rain

Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church has a unique take on street art. Using stencils and a superhydrophobic spray (such as Always Dry), he creates what he calls rain art, art that only appears when it rains. As he sees it, Seattle is the perfect place for such art, a way of revealing a world of art and “chin up” messaging for the city’s all-too-frequent rainy days.

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How it works couldn’t be simpler. He lays down a stencil, sprays the liquid, and then waits for rain for the big reveal. When the area gets wet, since superhydrophobic sprays resist the water, everything around it gets wet, thereby exposing the art. When the rain subsides, the art goes back into hiding. It’s like urban invisible ink.

You can view a Seattle map of Church’s “rainworks” and learn more about the work on his website.

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[Thanks to Rusty Blazenhoff for the link.]

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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