So here’s something random I came across yesterday… These are wheat pastes, which are essentially home made stickers. These were spotted around Lake Merritt on the bases of a few light fixtures. I’ll be covering Lake Merritt in more depth in upcoming posts… there a lot going on there right now.
Each base had a bunny/carrot cartoon on one side, and what seems to be a piece of newsprint on the other. I have no idea if this was all done by one artist, or a pair, each claiming one side. In either case, it’s pretty weird.
Wheat paste is commonly used by graffiti artists to hang posters & smaller applications and is a simple solution made out of water and flour. It’s one of the most environmentally friendly adhesives because it’s made from organic materials that eventually break down.
It’s also essentially the same goop we all used as kids to make paper mache piggy banks around balloons in arts & crafts… do you remember? I do!
Here’s a link to “the best wheat paste recipe” (self-proclaimed):
The post also offers some tips for how to go about applying your art without getting caught, and undoubtedly my favorite is “Carry a Gap shopping bag.” Who could possibly suspect a fine upstanding consumer of Gap products? I love it!