Moss graffiti

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Moss graffiti is a recent trend in street art that uses living moss to write on the walls of public spaces.[1][2] Moss can be blended and painted onto a wall, and may then grow in position.[3] By replacing the harmful chemicals found in paints (such as methanol, which damages the nervous system when consumed in large quantities [4]) with plant matter, the artist can still create works without damaging the environment. After application, the moss grows, adding a new dimension to the art medium as well as extending the concept of guerrilla gardening.

Making and applying moss graffiti[edit]

Moss graffiti is created by taking clumps of moss and blending them with water (sometimes beer), buttermilk, yogurt, and corn syrup to create a thick, paintable liquid. Using a paint brush, the moss mixture is painted on a wall in the desired pattern and allowed to grow. More applications of the moss mixture or water may be needed to create a fuller effect.[3]


  1. ^ Jauregui, Andres (04/11/2012). "Moss Graffiti Makes Eco-Friendly Street Art (PHOTOS)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Lindgren, Suzanne (4/5/2013). "For Green Graffiti, Moss is Boss". Utne Reader. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Goodier, Rob (10/8/2010). "Paint Moss Graffiti". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "OPPT Chemical Fact Sheet: Chemicals in the Environment: Methanol (CAS NO. 67-56-1)". Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. August 1994.