These Rain-activated Artworks Are Sprinkled Throughout Seattle
By Kendall Upton
March 4, 2020
Next time it's raining, be sure to keep an eye out for these 'rainworks'
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.