Eco-minded UK street artist Anna Garforth is putting a new spin on green guerrilla tactics.
A multi-skilled creator, she enjoys experimenting with all kinds of materials including cardboard, paper and even bread. But what we especially love is her luscious moss graffiti.
Poetic and eco-friendly, her most intimate expressions on walls can be spotted around the streets of London, where she currently lives, but also as far as Germany and Hong Kong.
One of Garforth’s main artworks is “Grow”, a self-initiated project that popped up one day in the streets of the British capital. The green graffiti spelled the project’s name and was made on a wall within a disused plot of land. The artist’s aim was to celebrate those still empty spaces, pieces of wilderness within bustling cities.
The ‘Grow’ graffiti highlights what we cannot see, those tiny living ecosystems that live in between the bricks.
In the artist’s own words:
“It’s amazing how quickly the wild reclaims its space and carries on growing even after it has been destroyed. However much concrete is laid, mini ecosystems inhabit the gaps and push through undeterred”
A relatively new medium for street artists, moss grows easily and has none of the environmental detriments associated with conventional spray-painted graffiti, plus it looks great.
Moss grafitti appeals to people in multiple sensory levels. It’s soft, it’s spongy it can be touched and it continues to grow, effortlessly. It just needs the right humid conditions and a good surface to attach itself onto and can be a great way to express our own thoughts and feelings without causing harm to the environment.
This innovative green form of expression gives off a sustainable message that goes beyond words.
It’s kind and it’s humorous, but more importantly, it’s alive.
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