You pour a bucket of water on to a piece of art, and it's sure to deteriorate, but not this one. Magician-turned-artist Peregrine Church has created a unique street art in Seattle that becomes visible only when it rains or water is deliberately poured over it.
When dry, Church's artwork is invisible. He delved into this art form because he wanted his creations to be interesting.
“Rainworks are pieces of street art that only appear when they’re wet,” he explained, “and they’re messages or images designed to make people’s rainy day a little bit better.”
Church's art isn't just interesting – it perfectly suits Seattle, where it rains a lot. Hence, whenever the heavens open, his art automatically goes into exhibit mode.
Through stencils and super hydrophobic coating, Church turns his art into waterproof layers that can't be seen with the naked eye. Since water can't stay on top of it, when it rains, the surrounding area gets wet but not the artwork itself. This contrast highlights the rainworks, which now becomes visible.
Check out Church's art, which is scattered all over Seattle: