For many people, graffiti conjures up a slew of negative associations. It’s usually illegal, expensive to remove, can damage property, and is often vulgar or unappealing to the eye. Despite graffiti’s traditionally sullied reputation, there are still those who see it as a unique expression of individuality and support graffiti artists whose works brighten otherwise dark and dreary cities.
Moss graffiti, frequently called eco-graffiti or green graffiti, is changing people’s perception of street art. Fresh, intriguing, and alive, eco-graffiti can literally bring life to urban landscapes. Instead of spreading toxic chemicals through spray paint, moss graffiti artists use bio-degradable ingredients to write messages, draw pictures, and decorate plain architecture.
Anna Garforth is one of the more well-known moss artists. She uses the aesthetics of nature, often in the form of moss, to transform London one green graffiti work at a time. One of her projects includes moss inscriptions of a poem, which is broken into sections and scattered among four separate locations throughout the city. Her moss artwork provides a stunning, free-form contrast to London’s geometric landscape.