16 November 2009

green graffiti

Love it or hate it, graffiti is a huge part of our country's independent art culture. But the aerosol sprays preferred by so many bombers is not only harmful to the artists (causing brain damage, respiratory depression, and liver and kidney disease), but to the environment as well, as their volatile organic compounds (otherwise known as VOCs), react with nitrogen oxides to form ground-level ozone, significantly altering and damaging our atmosphere.

One artist, however, is looking to make an environmentally positive impact with both his message and his medium: Jesse Graves, a street artist based out of Milwaukee, posts his socially-conscious messages around town using mud - yes, mud - as his paint. Says Graves (who tags his work "MSR", or "Mud Stencils Rule"):

I use mud or earth because it is a fundamental life-giving substance, logical for my messages. Mud stencils are an evolving medium, intended for art and social justice, not corporate advertisement.
Graves' images are clever and eye-catching, and he encourages others to follow suit - the recipe for his bio-paint is presently available on his site.

Eco message, eco method. I highly approve.

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