Nissan has teamed up with long-standing Brit street artist Moose to create the world's first ever car-powered "clean" graffiti, in London's Waterloo no less, using the Japanese motor firm's 100 per cent electric LEAF runaround.
Moose, or Paul Curtis when he's not getting overly creative on walls, is perhaps unsurprisingly the founder of this "reverse graffiti" approach, in which artists remove urban grime and slime to create patterns and images, rather than adding any materials.
Curtis was enlisted to create a mural just moments from the Southbank that covers a host of the capital's more notable landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Shard, Battersea Power Station and the London Eye (Giz Towers, unfortunately, is absent). He sketched the skyline by hand before getting out the jet washer, creating stencils to piece together the artwork, which is 2.5 metres tall and 10 metres wide.
Here, have a look at the man in action…
"I've been using reverse graffiti for 15 years now – in fact, I named it," Moose tells us. "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.”
Completing the world first, the jet washer Curtis used to clean the wall so artistically was powered by the Nissan LEAF via its LEAF to Home equipment, a portable device that converts electricity from the car’s battery to provide as much as two days' worth of power to a household on a single charge. Which is rather handy indeed.