Summer is officially gone, and its vibrant lively colors left with it. Winter is just around the corner and people are starting to break out their warm clothes accompanied by looking constantly at their weather apps in case there’s a chance of rain or snow. The weather outside gets gloomy during winter, and you get depressed as your outdoor activity is limited which leaves you locked up home in your pajamas while watching Netflix as you eat that cup of instant noodles. However, you might soon reconsider that sentiment as a group of students have created a mural project that will only appear when it rains.
Some of the brightest and creative minds of students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have created water activated murals on the streets of Seoul, Korea, with help from Pantone in an installation they’ve dubbed Project Monsoon. Lead project designer Yooshin Kim along with other current and graduate students won the most prestigious award for Design and Art Direction, a British group that promotes education in design and advertising. According to the project’s online portfolio page, “Seoul, South Korea, is a vibrant and colorful city. But, during the annual 3 week monsoon season, Seoul’s energy and color disappear under the dark cloud and people staying indoors.” The idea involves painting the streets of Seoul with hydrochromic paint—a special formula which changes from transparent to opaque when it gets wet.
Although the design is still in its concept stage, the project is being widely noticed and it’s just a matter of time before the idea is brought to life, says Kim in an interview with the Huffington Post. This idea has actually been done before, but not with the lively colors that were presented in Project Monsoon. If this project comes to fruition, make sure to check the weather, then bring your rain coats and umbrellas outside along with your cameras during rainy days in the winter, because this street art will only appear once in a blue moon under the bluest of weather.