By: Audrey Joslin
Graffiti has been a rather controversial expression of art all around the world but the newest style to hit the streets does not seem to vandalize at all. Welcome to the world of “reverse graffiti.”
Artists actually clean portions of polluted walls with messages and incredible works of art while subtly reminding us just how much our pollution and emissions are affecting our surroundings.
Artists like “Moose” of the UK, and Brazilian “Alexandre Orion,” have definitely become celebrities in this new genre of street art and it may just transform cities for the better.
According to Moose, “Once you do this type of art, you make people confront whether or not they like people cleaning walls or if they have a problem with personal expression.”
It’s an interesting thought, considering the way that you “clean” these murals would be by actually cleaning the pollution from the entire wall.
This is exactly what Orion achieved after creating a mural of a series of skulls through a tunnel in Sao Paolo. The Brazilian authorities responded by not only cleaning the walls of that tunnel, but also all of the other tunnels in Sao Paulo!
About the Author:
A Nebraska native, Audrey currently attends Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and is an intern at RainTees. She is studying Fashion Merchandising and Political Science at TCU, with a Certificate in International Studies. Some of her favorite activities outside of school are traveling, reading, riding horses, and running.