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  • Woo!

  • My name is Peregrine Church.

  • I make things that make the world a more interesting place.

  • Like a rainwork.

  • Rainworks are pieces of street art that only appear when they're wet

  • and they're messages or images designed to make people's rainy day a little bit better.

  • Seattle is associated with rain it's fair to say

  • and rainworks all it needs to be is wet so

  • it's sort of the ideal Seattle art.

  • So the stuff that makes rainworks is biodegradable, environmentally-friendly

  • and completely non-toxic.

  • The essential ingredient when making rainworks

  • is a super hydrophobic coating.

  • Ok, let's see how it works on the "NeverWetted" pants and shirt.

  • So you want me to start on the shirt, alright?

  • That is a chemical that when you put it on a surface will prevent that surface from getting wet.

  • What! Woah! What!

  • I was just browsing the internet one day and stumbled across

  • a viral video, and the video showed

  • these really vivid images of red wine pouring off a white shirt

  • and chocolate syrup pouring off white shoes

  • and people getting buckets of water thrown on them

  • and they're like totally fine and I'm like "woah, that's super cool!"

  • What can I do with this?

  • It's a spray-on substance so it made sense.

  • What if you sprayed it through a stencil?

  • So if you put it on concrete well ideally it'd be invisible

  • instead of the concrete getting dark the water would just roll right off it

  • And it will stay light-colored.

  • The contrast can be used to create an image

  • The very first one I did said "Stay Dry Out There"

  • and had a bunch a rain drops falling on it.

  • It was on a bus stop.

  • And now there's about 25 to 30 rainworks out there

  • There's a lily pad and pond

  • with frogs hopping between them in Ballard.

  • There's "I Heart Rain" in UW.

  • At 4th and Bell it says "Worry is a Misuse of the Imagination".

  • There's "Today's Weather: Rain" in Fremont.

  • There's "Proud To Be Rainy" in Capitol Hill

  • There's hopscotch at the junction in West Seattle

  • And we want to make way more.

  • I mean it's gonna rain no matter what so why not do something cool with it!

Woo!

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Rainworks - Rain-Activated Art

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2015/05/09
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