Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau

child at play

live event in France

Water Light Graffiti team, so bad arse.


Well I’ll be damned… Just as I thought I’ve seen it all before, along comes Water Light Graffiti. Say what? I know, that’s exactly what I thought when I first saw it.

Water Light Graffiti is a wall embedded with thousands of LED lights which illuminates as soon as it is touched by water. It was created by French artist Antonin Fourneau, during his residency at Digitalarti Artlab, and exhibited for the very first time on the streets on Poitiers (France) in late July 2012. Painthouse collective demonstrated some graffiti performances during the event. Passers-by, kids and adults, were also invited to interact with the wall by writing or drawing their own artwork.


water light graffiti in action

water light graffiti in action

“Water Light Graffiti is a wall for ephemeral messages in the urban space without deterioration. A wall to communicate and share magic in the city.” – Antonin Fourneau

people interacting with water graffiti

children interacting

detail view

detail view

It took a few weeks, several prototypes and many material tweaks before the installation was ready for the public. Live demonstrations used paintbrushes, spray bottles and  sponges to activate the lights and create a mesmerising effect.

Check out the video below to see more.

[Source – Trend Tablet. Images courtesy of Antonin Fourneau & Digitalarti Flickr. Animated images via prosthetic knowledge.]

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