Art That Appears When It Rains

The goal behind environmental education is often taking a scientific concept and presenting it in a way that is understandable to the general public. (Because let’s face it, science is not always easy to understand, even for those of us who have a formal degree in the field.) Often this education takes the form of a game, an image, or an activity, especially when your audience is children. When people interact with something in some way they are more likely to retain at least some part of the information.

Well a group of guys in Washington state have taken this idea and done something really outstandingly creative with it. They have taken a product with hydrophobic (water repelling) properties that is meant to protect outdoor fencing, furniture, etc., and sprayed it through stencils to create uplifting or educational messages on sidewalks. The images appear as if from thin air whenever it rains.

The product they use is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Each image can last from 4 months up to a year depending on how heavy the foot traffic is.

How cool is that? Very neat idea. Wish someone here thought of it…though we don’t get nearly as much rain as the Seattle area does. :/

Check out the video on their website or if you click the image below it will take you to the YouTube video. It’s worth the 2-1/2 minutes. Trust us.



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