Leaf Powers Artist’s Tool

Nissan is highlighting London’s battle with air quality by using the Leaf EV to power a striking piece of street art in Waterloo, London, UK that depicts the Capital’s iconic skyline.

The car manufacturer said it commissioned Reverse Graffiti artist, Moose – the founder of his field – to create the mass-scale mural which was unveiled September 25.

Unlike traditional graffiti, Moose creates his art by cleaning dirt off surfaces using a power washer or wire brush, leaving a striking design in negative on the wall. Much of the dirt removed is caused by particulate matter from vehicle exhausts, levels of which are said to often exceed guidelines and limits in busy areas of London and other European cities.

The artwork is on show in the subway on Station’s Approach, Waterloo, and portrays many of London’s most famous landmarks, including: Buckingham Palace, The Shard, Battersea Power Station and The London Eye. Produced to highlight the growing issue of poor air quality across Europe’s biggest cities, Nissan said the artwork aims to showcase how much cleaner they could be if more people adopted electric vehicles.

Nissan added the jet washer used to clean the wall was powered by a Nissan Leaf via the 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.

“I’ve been using reverse graffiti for 15 years now, in fact I named it. 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,” said Moose. “Electric cars and alternative fuelling systems provide the brightest future we’ve ever known in the history of the automotive industry in terms of protecting our environment. It’s a pleasure to be given the opportunity to create public art in this way and I’m very pleased with the iconic simplicity of the mural and its message.”