For an ongoing project entitled Rainworks, Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church creates awesome works of street art that are only visible when it rains. It’s a particularly wonderful concept for a city renowned for its rainy weather Church uses a superhydrophobic coating to stencil images onto ordinary pavement. On a dry day the pieces are completely invisible, but when the surface gets wet, darkening the untreated concrete, the treated areas repel the moisture, which causes the stenciled images and/or text to appear. Depending on the amount of foot traffic the treated surface receives, Rainworks will last anywhere from 4 months to a year.

Watch this video to learn more about how Peregrine Church creates his dissapearing-reappearing artwork.

Want to try making Rainworks of your own? There are a variety of superhydrophobic coatings currently available, including a handy kit by Rust-Oleum.

Visit the Rainworks project page for additional images and information.

[via Vandalog and Rainworks]

Seri Indians of Sonora traditionally paint not effigies but themselves. Basket maker Angelita Torres applies natural pigments and lipstick in a tooth design. Ephemeral art, meticulously created, instantly destroyed, is a hallowed tradition in Mexico.

National Geographic - May, 1978


This art is for the birds! A street artist by the name of Combo created an awesome open-air art exhibition specifically for pigeons. Not only are the pieces pigeon-sized and placed at the birds’ eye level, they’re each easily recognizable pieces of well-known art that have been altered to reflect a pigeon-centric world. The pigeon version of American Gothic is probably our favourite.

[via Whitezine]


This Particular Bias Will Nonetheless set up a Vast Field of the Unforeseen

Screen printed paper, wood, chairs, stool, spools, polyurethane foam,
tempera, c-clamps, PVC shrink wrap, fabric, rope, rubber.
Variable dimensions (163 x 452 x 1005 cm)

Installation view at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada

Photos by Éliane Excoffier


The UpsideUp strikes again! You may remember last year they did something similar on our wall, and we had no idea who the mystery artist was, but we do now. 

It’s something that brightens the block and perks up everyone who gets to see it on their journey. The UpsideUp is on Twitter and Instagram spreading origami colorful love everywhere.

And there is love in the air today, most definitely.


A Hungarian artist who goes by the name Babukatorium spent three months creating this awesomely intricate piece of guerilla knitting aka yarnbombing. The colouful crocheted piece is composed of 247 round spiderwebs in 13 colours. It took the artist three days to affix her beautiful creation to this tree, which is located somewhere in Veszprém, Hungary.

Babukatorium was inspired to create the piece after watching a performance of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

She said: ‘I’m obsessed with spiderwebs and rainbows and so when I saw this tree after the performance I thought it would be perfect for yarnbombing.

'I used a lot of yarn and attached it with rainbow ribbons. At the end I was exhausted and surprised because I didn’t think I would be able to complete it. I was also surprised because people love it, and come to visit the tree just to see the work.’

To view more work by Babukatorium, check out her Flickr page and Etsy shop. She’s also here on Tumblr.

[via Dark Roasted Blend and Dailymail.co.uk]


More wonderfully whimsical street art by French artist OaKoAK (previously featured here), who likes to play with existing elements of the urban landscape, often making surprisingly small alterations or enhancements to achieve striking results, enabling us to see the world through his eyes.

“Using simple means and materials, OakOak undermines his neighborhood with playful results. He uses a minimal amount of actual original artwork, instead re-purposing signs, facades, cement blocks, chipping paint, and more.  OakOak transforms a neighborhood’s imperfections into its own adornments. ”

He says of his interventions:

“The less I intervene on the wall or the road, the better, especially if I can totally change the sense of the urban environment.” 

[via Beautiful Decay]

Andy Goldsworthy, a Mini-series: Ephemeral Work

Today we continue our mini-series about Andy Goldsworthy’s works, leading up to his visit and talk on May 15.

During the artist’s July 2012 visit to the Albright-Knox, when he created one of the Rain Shadows pictured in a previous post, he also created and photographed this ephemeral work on the Delaware Stairs, exemplifying the beautiful simplicity of many of his works.

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Goldsworthy talk about his work on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for Members, $20 for non-members, and $15 for students and seniors. Learn More and Buy Tickets

Image © Andy Goldsworthy