Graffiti has long been thought of as vandalism - spray paint and wheat pastes defacing city walls and buildings. But two artists have turned this guerrilla art form on its ear by hitting the streets with eco-friendly reverse graffiti. By selectively cleaning stencils on grimey city walls, Moose Curtis and Marc Cameron have been creating thought-provoking pictures of green cars around the city of Munich.
Sponsored by the German magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, the duo have been using their clean graffiti technique to pay homage to electric vehicles. Many of the industry leaders – the Tesla Roadster, the Nissan Leaf, the Renault Twizy and the BMW i3 – are represented on walls across Munich.
Moose Curtis is known for his cleanart project last year, sponsored by Time Out, where he collaborated with Fotorater founder Marc Cameron in London. Inspired by the sooty pollution on buildings caused by car exhaust and other city dirt, the pair initially began selectively cleaning parts of the dirty walls. A complete contrast from traditional graffiti, which puts paint onto walls, the pair’s subtractive process not only helped clean up grime, but also illustrates a lesson in green art.
The idea to “draw” electric cars using reverse graffiti was inspired by Marc’s Light Graffiti Cars project, which were slow exposure photographs of LED-clad cars. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin selected the four cars represented, and commissioned the pair to immortalize them with reverse graffiti. The beautiful pieces are a combination of art, green transportation, and an iconic homage to green practices.