A Seattle startup has created a unique spray solution that makes it possible to create invisible messages or art that are only revealed when they get wet. In a city with 155 days a year of measurable precipitation, that’s a lot of art. Rainworks, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, is leaning on the power of nature to spread its ‘rain paintings’ across the Pacific Northwest. They’re just getting started, but pre-orders are piling up and the company is gearing up to ship their eco-friendly art kits around the globe.
The weather-reactive art medium is the brainchild of Peregrine Church who, along with a business partner, launched a successful crowdfunding campaign last year. The Seattle-based Rainworks raised $53,669 in that effort last autumn, and is preparing to fulfill rewards for nearly 700 backers. Pre-orders will also ship this month and the company is continuing to accept new orders, to be shipped out just as soon as inventory is available. An investment of $29 scores you a bottle of Rainworks’ “invisible spray,” which is enough to cover roughly 15 square feet. It also comes with a stencil and video instructions.
The eco-friendly solution works by coating sidewalks and streets with a hydrophobic solution – that is, one that repels water. We’re all familiar with how a sidewalk appears to change color when wet, typically from a light gray to a darker shade. The application of the Rainworks solution, using a stencil, essentially keeps certain areas dry in the rain, revealing designs in the lighter shade of gray. Each Rainworks design lasts up to 2-3 months, but can be removed at any time, according to the company’s website, with “using any earth-friendly cleaning product and a little bit of scrubbing.”
The Rainworks spray is designed for anyone to use, but the company has been busy doing “installations” for area businesses and science centers. To see where currently rain-activated art can be spotted in Washington, check out Rainworks’ map of current projects or order a kit and make your own rain paintings.
Images via Rainworks