When Original Street Art Meets Science

This awesome form of original street art is in Seattle, so you would never even know that it vanishes. Most individuals usually consider rainy times fairly depressing. Seattle’s street artist Peregrine Church made the decision to make unique works of unusual art only noticeable in the rainy days to lighten up people’s moody behavior. Some items are an irony to the elements, like “404 Error: Sun not found”, while some others provide fun distractions like hopscotch.

“My objective is to turn a rainy day into something to look ahead to”, says the artist, who designed this form of street art that he named Rainworks. “I wish that all of us will be thrilled and/or amazed when they discover them, and that it makes their moody day a better one”. And, judging by the immense success his creations have had among the curious viewers passing by on the street,  you bet that his words have a much deeper meaning right now.

The art is made by using hydrophobic spray known as Always Dry. (A very similar product, named Ultra-Ever Dry, was used to build anti-pee surfaces outside the bars). In the case of his Rainworks, Church uses different stencils to create his works of art and sprays the Always Dry all over the stencils, as you would do when you use spray paint. When the sidewalk gets darker under the raindrops, the works of art appear magically from the lighter negative areas that remain dry.

Several of these items of art also have ecological goals. Those stencils were requested by the LOTT Clean Water Alliance, a popular water service and technology center in the city of Olympia, Washington. But the artists says that he is not enthusiastic about marketing products, and only made the decision to those requested items because they speak out loud in accordance with his own principles. It is good the know that businesses alike are interested in maintaining a green environment for all of us.

Seattle is popular for how stormy it is, so you could even say that these creations are developing a category of street art indigenous to the city. “Since Seattle is known for heavy rainfalls, it makes sense that we can be the center for various rain-based works of art”, says Church.


According to those from Nanex, a US-centered containment company for substance clean-up and waste control, its new Always Dry coating is an awesome product. The covering is “super-hydrophobic” and “oleo phobic”, this complex terms meaning that it repels almost any fluid on a variety of components, such as – but not restricted to – hammers to shoes and safety gloves, or even pavement as you will see in the following images below.

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The two-part Always Dry item creates tiny near invisible barriers of air over substances on the nano scale. These substances can differ from refined oil, wet pavement, water, mud or other fluids. In the commercial applications, Always Dry could be perfect for particular operations, like when a worker drops his hammer in the mud or when he puts some mud in his working boots.

Water resisting items and uses for them are not new, but according to the companies, Always Dry has enhanced bonding and level of resistance against corrosion in comparison to the past versions. The expected bonding and high level of resistance characteristics now allows for a more different variety of uses. Other advantages consist of anti-icing, anti-contamination, anti-corrosive and self-cleaning abilities.

But according to the levels of water resistance notices, Always Dry provides more resistance against abrasion than past super hydrophobic components. By applying a layer of coating on numerous surfaces, the maker suggests examining these places if corrosion is an issue.

The product can be used with an applying gun until is it finished up to a transparent white-colored gloss. Only one layer is said to last anywhere from two to eight months under strong sunlight and outside elements before a topcoat re-spraying is required. Inside and secured outside uses put durability at roughly one year or more. From the end of a house in the arctic regions to the rear of a cab in New York during the hot summer, Always Dry resists to an operating hot/cold variety of -30° F to 250° F (or -34° C to 120° C).

Can you use it on your precious lunchbox? Maybe. In addition to the “do not do this” caution list, a rather harmful number of substances are used to make the components, thus turning the product into a less than perfect peanut butter & jam choice. However, according to Nanex, there are no known ecological issues. The covering is mentioned to be secure for utilization in “nonfood” (i.e. not the lunchbox) get in touch with places of meal handling, vegetation and satisfies the FDA and USDA rules for this kind of products.

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