These Rain-activated Artworks Are Sprinkled Throughout Seattle

Next time it's raining, be sure to keep an eye out for these 'rainworks'
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As it starts to rain, sunny lyrics appear on a Frelard sidewalk, while a herd of cats and dogs emerges on a patch of pavement in South Lake Union. These moisture-activated street illustrations, called “rainworks,” were created by local artist Peregrine Church using a special hydrophobic spray he helped develop; sprayed pavement remains dry while the wet pavement around it darkens. Many more such works exist, made by creative types who use Church’s Invisible Spray ($19 for 2 ounces, available at rain.works) to make their own sidewalk art. An online map tracks more than 200 pieces worldwide: Next time it rains, try to find all the rainworks in Seattle. 

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