An Eco-Active Imagination

A few weeks ago, I talked about how you could transform a garden into “art” by using ornaments, reclaimed items, and unique planters. However, when it comes to planting, you can think outside the flower box and create something even more interesting . . . moss wall art.

I have seen some blogs call it “moss graffiti” but I think that that name a bit misleading. Moss wall art is not permanent, nor does it damage or deface property. This is simply a unique and fun reinvention of the garden.

MOSS WALL ART


Source: Inhabit.com

Artistic Expression

It is easy for you to create some moss wall art of your own. According to WikiHow, you will need the following supplies:

  • A Blender
  • One or two clumps (about a small handful) of moss
  • 2 cups of buttermilk (or yogurt)
  • 2 cups of water (or beer)
  • ½ tsp. Sugar
  • Corn syrup (option)
  • Wash the dirt and debris from the boss, break apart the moss into pieces or chunks, and then put it all in the bender. Add your buttermilk or yogurt, water or beer, and sugar. Blend the mixture until it is completely smooth. Once it is at the right consistency (like paint) and does not drip, add corn syrup and mix again.

    Once your have a mixture, find a wall (or even some concrete, if you prefer) and apply the moss mixture with a paint brush. You can design it anyway you like, just be sure to check back from time to time to see if your moss art needs any water.


    Source: WikiHow

    You can write a message or draw a picture, depending upon how much moss mixture you created. There is a lot of creative potential with a project like this.

    Sustainability

    The word “sustainability” is often associated with permanence, but in the context of eco-friendly lifestyles, it is just the opposite. Consider this moss wall art as an example. The moss art will not withstand the test of time, as it is an impermanent piece. When the moss dies or is washed away, that’s it. In terms of “green living,” then, sustainability is about not making a lasting mark on the planet. With time, this art will go away, leaving no evidence but photos and memories of its presence. This wall art, then, embodies the green movement itself as a man-made but naturally-based creation that simply disappears with time, adding nothing and taking nothing away.

    Now, compare these activity to a similar one using store-bought paint. Moss Art does not use harmful chemicals, and there is no damaging run-off (as there might be with a painting project). It is a safe activity for kids, especially.

    Health and Wellness

    In an interview published on the Inhabit design website, artist Edina Tokodi shares her prespective on this unique form of wall art, saying that “our distance from nature is already a cliché. City dwellers often have no relationship with animals or greenery.” Tokodi creates these moss images in the shape of fawns or rabbits on walls in urban areas.

    I think that the message behind Tokodi’s statement is interesting. Having grown up in a rural area and owned rabbits, dogs, cats, and cows growing up, I have always felt connected (or at least close) to nature in some way. Simply put, playing outside and being in-touch with the natural word is just good for you. The National Wildlife Federation lists the benefits of playing outdoors, including benefiting the body and physical health, reducing stress, and enhancing social interactions (to name a few).

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