First off, for those that do not know what reverse graffiti is, “Reverse graffiti, also known as clean tagging, dust tagging, grime writing, green graffiti or clean advertising, is a method of creating temporary or semi permanent images on walls or other surfaces by removing dirt from a surface. It is often done by removing dirt/dust with the fingertip(s) from windows or other dirty surfaces, such as writing ‘wash me’ on a dirty vehicle. Others…use a cloth or a high power washer to remove dirt on a larger scale.” [source]
I like the idea of reverse graffiti for a couple of reasons. One, I like the idea of someone doing art for art, in the sense that it is for that moment, it will fade, be painted over, touched, disappear…
Yes, there are photos like the ones here, but a picture in a monitor is not the same as art in your face. It’s a world of difference.
Second, it says more just in the materials used to create it. One tells you about the state our world is in and the other contaminates an already over contaminated world. I said it. Spray paint is not good for our environment.
Ruth Feeney designed for Newcastle Clean Art
Alexandre Farto aka Vhils Wall Mural 2
Alexandre Farto aka Vhils Cans Festival
Reverse Graffiti Project, San Francisco, by Paul “Moose” Curtis
Lady on the back of a truck, New York City
Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring, by Scott Wade