Graffiti has long fallen on the wrong side of the law due to its antisocial and destructive connotations. However, it can also be an engaging form of public art on otherwise dull and unloved spaces.The carbon footprint of the average spray graffiti mural may not sit well in a world increasingly destructive to nature, so how do you get round these two drawbacks to street art? John Muir said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”, and for the team at DSAT, it is providing us with a scrapbook of ideas. The John Muir walk through Billsdean and Castle Dykes is straight out of a fairytale, with their high wooded canopies, lush fern covered overgrowth, the remnants of man-made structures, castlleated bridge and even a waterfall! We are in love with this moss covered haven, and wanted the moss graffiti to express Muir’s quote in a literal way by providing an unexpected experience of nature for the viewer.
Any type of moss can be collected and used. A natural paste to feed your moss and adhere it to the wall can be made from beer, flour, sugar and yogurt. Spread the cooked glue thick and evenly onto your surface either free hand or with the help of a stencil, and get sticking. Be aware that moss thrives in dark, damp environments so your own mural may need some TLC – regularly spraying it with water and trimming the new growth. Had enough of your mural? Just wash it off!
DSAT 2016 hope to excite people with our own moss graffiti that can stop them in their tracks, inspire and uplift them on an otherwise dreary daily ritual to work. As a temporary piece of artwork, the moss graffiti mural at the Dunbar Train Station won’t be there for very long… but keep your eyes open for more moss graffiti murals in the lead up to The Dunbar Street Art Trail in August.
LisaDora & Seona – DSAT team 2016