Reverse graffiti art by Klaus Dauven

Oleftalsperre Dam by Klaus Dauven

The stunning work of German artist Klaus Dauven is often described as ‘reverse graffiti’.  Rather than creating artwork by applying layers of spray paint to the urban environment, his work is about subtracting the dirt and grime from public areas to reveal beautiful imagery.  The artist views himself as a draughtsman, regardless of the scale he is working on.  In 2007 he was given the opportunity to work on his biggest canvas to date (over 3,000 square metres), the Oleftalsperre Dam in Germany (pictured above).  The cleaning of the moss and dirt with a high pressure water hose revealed beautiful animal silhouettes and wildlife to complement the natural environment.

Horang-ee (Tiger) in Chungju, Korea by Klaus DauvenHorang-ee (Tiger) in Chungju, Korea

Matsudagawa Dam by Klaus DavenMatsudagawa Dam, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan 2008

Fisch-Reich in Sachsen, Germany by Klaus DauvenWork in progress – Fisch-Reich in Sachsen, Germany

Fisch-Reich in Sachsen, Germany by Klaus DauvenFisch-Reich in Sachsen, Germany

Images via Klaus Dauven

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).