Wednesday
Feb132013

Adam Niklewicz's Invisible Graffiti Is Only Seen With Water

America has never been the biggest fan of hosting outdoor galleries of unauthorized graffiti art; street scribers in New York City and Los Angeles know this best. Thanks to the surprising support of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Real Ways, and the City of Hartford, Connecticut, Polish-born artist Adam Niklewicz was given the stage to reveal his discreetly innovative approach to street art, which is only visible when covered with water.

Niklewicz himself strays as far from the typical street vandal, having been given the facade of a former synagogue as his canvas. His giant waterproofed stencil-transfer of Connecticut's own Charter Oak Tree offers a new angle that will hopefully catch on in cities prone to remove public displays of artistic expression. Niklewicz has been practicing his self-created cross-trade since 2009.

Arists in places like London, where propagation of street works are as widely accepted as daily downpours, could potentially soak up these kinds of works in a major way.

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