Have you ever heard of superhydrophobic coatings? This awesome invention is like invisible ink that can only be seen when doused with water. Peregrine Church, a Seattle-based street artist, is using superhydrophobic coatings to create unique water-activated street art that keeps people smiling even on cold and rainy days.
Church has permission from the city to apply his water-activated street art around town because he uses a non-toxic, non-permanent coating that is only visible when it rains and never advertises anything. Church’s creative works of art are most visible and vibrant within the first few weeks. Many remain visible between 4 months and one-year, this time varies depending on how much traffic a certain sidewalk receives.
Church adorns the streets with a variety of diverse images, ranging to include fun pictures, motivational messages and even games of hopscotch you can only enjoy when it’s raining.
In an interview with Bored Panda Church revealed, “I’m just always trying to make the world a more interesting place. In this case, by giving people a reason to be excited for rainy days.”
“We are getting paid commissions now, but we will not make rainworks that blatantly advertise anything, because that would conflict with the purpose of rainworks: to turn rainy days into something to look forward to. We will also continue to make guerrilla rainworks for the sake of making people smile.”
Church’s idea is incredibly fitting for Seattle thanks to the high participation rates found in the state.
Despite it’s rainy reputation, Seattle only ranks 44th among all major US cities in terms of rainfall. The reason Seattle is known as one of the rainiest places is because rainfall is largely spread out. So while Settle doesn’t get as much rain in feet compared to many other US locations, they consistently get a little bit of rain almost all year.
You can check the Rainworks website for a detailed map showing the locations of current water-activated street art installations.