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    Stefaan de Croock temporary graffiti

    Removing moss from concrete, for art!

    Removing moss from concrete, for art!

    If most of us saw moss and dirt covering our pattern imprinted concrete driveways at home, we’d be spraying it with the pressure washer in no time. But for urban artist Stefaan de Croock, dirt and moss growth offers a natural palette for creating beautiful graffiti artworks.

    Using a pressure washer, he painstakingly carves shapes into the natural grime and dirt build up in city environments, to create truly stunning results.

    Moss does have a tendency to grow quite heavily on concrete surfaces when they are damp. This makes it common on concrete paths where water tends to pool, or walls where it regularly runs down from an overflow. De Croock (known as Strook) takes advantage of this to create his signature style of ‘substractive’ graffiti outside the Stuk’s art centre in Belgium.

    Sadly these pieces of artwork are very temporary; with water being the only material used during production, the moss rapidly grows back over the effect within a couple of weeks, obscuring the effect. However, it’s possible to see some of his work.

    We think this is a really exciting way of using constructed and natural elements together to create something new and interesting. Whether we’ll see our customers carving water works of art into their pattern imprinted concrete driveways or patios is another thing – but if you do feel inspired, we’d love to see the results!

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