Art That Only Appears When it Rains

Peregrine Church

When it rains in Seattle, the local artists make the best of the lousy weather and turn it into cool street art. Artist Peregrine Church—with the help of Xack Fischer and Forest Tresside—uses stencils and waterproof spray to create secret artwork on sidewalks; all it takes is some rain for the images to appear. 

As Tanvi Misra wrote in CityLab, Church wanted to make something that would brighten pedestrians' days despite the gloomy weather. "It’s going to rain anyway," Church said on his website. "Why not do something fun with it?"

The spray he uses is non-toxic and biodegradable so the works are environmentally safe and not slippery. Because the art is not commercial and only temporary, it is considered perfectly legal. “We are really doing things that entice people to enjoy our public spaces differently, so this is very much in line with the kind of things we’d like to see,” Jennifer Wieland, the manager for Seattle's public space, told Quirksee

Peregrine Church

Peregrine Church

Peregrine Church

If you want to check out  the artwork firsthand, there's a handy map you can check before hitting the sidewalk. Otherwise, you can check out this video to see the work in action. 

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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[h/t Gothamist]

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