Rainworks Makes Art Out of Seattle’s Constant Rain

  • Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church is transforming his city’s rainy reputation into its strongest attraction.
  • He and his business partner Xack Fischer have created a thriving business called Rainworks.
  • They use a non-toxic, biodegradable, super hydrophobic coating to stencil messages and artwork on the concrete sidewalks of the city.
  • When rain inevitably hits, the designs stay completely dry, leaving tongue-in-cheek directives like “Stay dry out there!” Intended to jolt people out of their everyday routines, the rain-activated artworks offer funny, playful distractions for soggy Seattle residents.
  • From a tentacled family’s dry seat prints left at a bus stop, to a fun game that challenges you to avoid the wet “lava” of the ground, these weather-activated artworks are sure to make you smile, even on the worst of days.
  • The best thing about Rainworks is that anyone can create a smile-inspiring piece of sidewalk art.

Rainworks wet-dry

All photos by Rainworks.

Author: Nicholas Efthimiadis

Seattle grown. Avid skier and occasional ski racer. Passionate about all things urban (particularly transportation & housing). University of Washington 2016 graduate: BA in Economics and a minor in Urban Design and Planning. Extensive experience in fictitious cartography and sand-city molding.