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Washington artist Peregrine Church took to sidewalk art at a peculiar time: in the rain. Invisible on dry concrete, Rainworks art can only be seen when the sidewalk gets wet.

“The purpose of Rainworks is to turn rainy days into something to look forward to,” Church told The Huffington Post.

Rainworks 2Using a superhydrophobic, biodegradable, and non-toxic spray coating, Church creates Rainworks designs with stencils. The art last approximately 4 months to a year, depending on the amount of foot traffic.

While secret to Rainworks is simple science, the allure is all Northwest spirit.
Current Rainworks include a hopscotch, encouraging sayings, artistic designs, and rain-loving quotes.

“I look for and brainstorm messages that are positive and inspiring, or clever and witty,” Church said.

Rainworks 5Rainy day boredom? Set out on a scavenger hunt with Rainworks’ interactive map to locate the art. Though Rainworks is currently confined to Washington, Church hopes to expand the artwork to other states in the future.

“We make rainworks to give people a reason to look forward to rainy days,” Rainworks’ website explains. “It’s going to rain anyway. Why not do something fun with it?”

Fans are encouraged to contact Church through email or Facebook to request custom Rainworks on their property.

When not writing, Sierra can be found conducting experiments in the chemistry lab or whipping up delectable creations in her kitchen. With a passion for storytelling, Sierra puts her natural curiosity to use investigating enlightening angles for news and events here at The Oregon Optimist.