We think this project is so cool, we couldn’t pass it up.
Inspired by the perseverance of nature reclaiming its space, Helen Nodding, of London, has come up with one cool way of using nature as art. Living art, if you will.
Having lived in London for six years surrounded by steel, glass and concrete, she is constantly inspired by those little bits of nature that pop up in the city. “I’m always cheered up when I see weeds pushing through a crack in a paving stone, or grass growing somewhere where nobody had planned for it to be,” she says. Helen became increasingly fascinated with moss, which is not surprising; it really is such amazing stuff. She searched the internet high and low, and came across many horticultural sites which had recipes for growing moss on walls, and from there it was an obvious step for her to try to write or draw with it. And thus, moss graffiti was born, natural graffiti, if you like, and an awesome alternative to spray paint.
Can you imagine the possibilities? Reclaim your neighborhood concrete walls with some moss graffiti, and spread the word, the natural way.
makes several small pieces or 1 large piece of graffiti
1 can of beer
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Several clumps garden moss, cleaned of dirt and rocks
You will also need a plastic container (with lid),
a blender and a paintbrush
To begin the recipe, first of all gather together several clumps of moss (moss can usually be found in moist, shady places) and crumble them into a blender. Then add the beer and sugar and blend just long enough to create a smooth, creamy consistency. Now pour the mixture into a plastic container.
Find a suitable damp and shady wall on to which you can apply your moss milkshake. Paint your chosen design onto the wall (either free-hand or using a stencil). If possible try to return to the area over the following weeks to ensure that the mixture is kept moist. Soon the bits of blended moss should begin to re-couperate into a whole rooted plant – maintaining your chosen design before eventually colonising the whole area.
Images and recipe courtesy of Helen Nodding.