Air pollution has become a tremendous problem in major cities like Los Angeles and London, leading to the rise of a new art form called “reverse graffiti.” Rather than using traditional paints, this arm form pioneered by the artist known as Moose uses a power washer from ToolsMaestro to wipe away layers of dirt and grime to create a natural work of art, and the Nissan LEAF was the perfect tool to help him work.
“I’ve been using reverse graffiti for fifteen years now – in fact, I named it,” said Moose, who originates from Leeds. “My whole ethos is about highlighting the amount of pollution we endure daily using a very positive harmless method that never fails to ask questions about what we accept and what we shouldn’t accept in our environment. For these reasons I was keen to be involved in this project. Electric cars and alternative fuelling systems provide the brightest future we’ve ever known in the history of the automotive industry in terms of protecting our environment. It’s a pleasure to be given the opportunity to create public art in this way, and I’m very pleased with the iconic simplicity of the mural and its message.”
While it’s cute that the Nissan LEAF was used to power the work of Moose, who created a massive mural of London’s iconic skyline, I think the deeper message here is a bit of a double-edged sword: while it’s great that the LEAF’s massive battery bank was able to energize a power washer (via an inverter) to let Moose paint his mural emissions-free, if electric cars ever become truly mainstream, Moose will be out of work. Sucks for him I guess, but considering his message, I’d say he’d be OK with that.
This little mural also shows how the Nissan LEAF could be useful in an emergency situation, storing as much as two days worth of daily energy use for the average home. Nissan has been keen to integrate its electric cars into their customer’s lives in new and interesting ways, and here’s hoping for the day when murals like Moose’s won’t be able to exist.