Normally, people try to wash away spray paint with fluids, but Polish artist and sculptor Adam Niklewicz‘s “Charter Oak Tree” mural is like hidden graffiti that springs to life once water hits it. As part of a city-wide public arts program in Hartford, Connecticut, Niklewicz used water-repelling Rust-Oleum to paint a large scale mural on the exposed brickwall of a former synagogue.
Niklewicz’s giant stencil-transfer street art was inspired by Charles De Wolf Brownell’s 1857 painting, The Charter Oak. Unlike the real life tree, which fell during a storm in 1856, the spraycan re-recreation, doesn’t always fully appear during normal rain showers, so the city installed five sprinklers to flank the water-activated mural. So while Rusto and H20 usually fight a slow war of attrition, Niklewicz’s work gets better when you wet it.