New art installation at UBC only visible when it rains (VIDEO)

Nov 28 2017, 12:43 am

The days may be darker, shorter, and rainier, but one student at UBC is using the wet weather to try and make student’s days just a little bit brighter.

The “rain-activated” art was created by third-year engineering student Tiffany Quon, who teamed up with staff at SEEDS Sustainability Program and Community Development to make the project happen.

The rain grafitti uses water-repelling and eco-friendly paint that only appears when wet.

The art includes a piece called “Flourish” which is a flat garden as well as another one called “Hops and Hopes for…” which replaces numbers with things such as comfort food, sleep and home.

The idea behind the art is to to nurture positive mental health and well-being, during a grey and gloomy time of year.

The art is located on the sidewalk at UBC’s main mall and was done as part of UBC”s Thrive Week, a week-long series of events focused on building ongoing positive mental health for UBC students, faculty, and staff.

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