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Reverse Graffiti: South African Artists Create Clean Murals (PICTURES)

First Posted: 07/21/11 01:41 PM ET   Updated: 09/20/11 06:12 AM ET

While many artists look to leave their imprint on society by drawing on the public landscape, one South African group is making a name for themselves by using a technique that scrubs it clean. The process is called 'reverse graffiti,' and the artists, Dutch Ink are using it in a way that's both creative and helpful to the community.

For the group's latest installation called 'Flight 101,' they took to dirty walls around the streets of the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, using steel scrubbing brushes and stencils. Once completed, the cleaned areas of the walls formed patterns resembling birds taking flight.

Though the entire concept began as a college project, this is far from the first reverse graffiti project Dutch Ink has mastered. Visitors can find funky cave man style stencils and elegant baroque patterns across Durban.





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