Artist Creates Secret Sidewalk Art That's Only Revealed On Rainy Days

03/30/2015 10:18 am ET | Updated Mar 31, 2015
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There are plenty of cliches about finding the sunshine on a rainy day, but this sidewalk art is not one of them.

Designed and produced by artist Peregrine Church, Rainworks is a special type of street art that appears on sidewalks only when they’re wet. The works include hopscotches, whimsical illustrations and uplifting messages.

“The purpose of Rainworks is to turn rainy days into something to look forward to,” Church told The Huffington Post.

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Rainworks appear in various locations around the Puget Sound region of Washington.

To create the artwork and happy messages, Church uses custom-made stencils and a non-toxic, biodegradable superhydrophobic coating. When dry, the designs remain hidden, but as the sidewalk gets wet during a rainfall, they slowly appear. Church says the designs work best on newer, light-colored concrete where there is a more visible contrast between wet and dry.

“I look for and brainstorm messages that are positive and inspiring, or clever and witty,” he told HuffPost.

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Currently, Rainworks are being produced exclusively in Washington, but Church hopes to make the project global. “It’s something I do to make the world happier,” he says.

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