Reverse graffiti, sometimes called green graffiti, is an interesting spin on public artwork displays.
Street graffiti is known for making a lasting impression, until it is covered up or painted over. Reverse graffiti makes profound statements also, but the only way to rid a space of the marks of a green graffiti artist is to make it cleaner.
Without the use of sprays, harsh chemicals or pollutants, reverse graffiti artists work with dirty surfaces as a medium and use tools like fingers, brushes, rags, stencils and even power washers to make impressions on the less than clean street canvases. Targets for a clean up with some creative imagery are often dirt grabbing signage, building walls, bridges and vehicles.
Moose (Paul Curtis) is often referred to as the original reverse graffiti artist as he has been producing notable pieces for over a decade. He has made an impressive career with his thought provoking demonstrations.
Producing numerous outdoor displays, his work includes statement pieces for charity. He has also been commissioned by companies to generate innovative, environmentally friendly advertisements.
Alexandre Orion creates remarkable murals and exhibitions, like this one in a transportation tunnel.
A photographer and artist, his work often totes an environmental message or an unexpected image.
Scott Wade is another popular green graffiti artist who tends to liven up dust ridden car windows with his dirty car art. He has compiled quite a gallery, leaving one to wonder just how long you could really go without washing your car.
Tess Jakubec’s Islands are a welcome escape from an otherwise bleak concrete presence.
Artists who spend hours of their time creating incredible works that give back instead of take away are surely appreciated in their communities. Though ultimately their impermanent works may not last the test of time, but if the message they are trying to convey is strong enough, it will.
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