New York City-based artist collective, Mosstika, has been utilizing their guerilla tactics in an effort to “evoke the call of man back to nature.” Believing that our relationships to territories would be more balanced if we all had our own gardens, Mosstika artists bring together nature and art in the creation of touchable, living art in unexpected places.
Hungarian artist and Mosstika founder, Edina Tokodi, has created living green graffiti art installations in urban areas that cover flat expanses of vertical urban surfaces with live moss to contrast their harsh surroundings.
The technique is easily duplicated, as described in a video from about the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden Tour that featured Tokodi’s work in 2009.
“I think that our distance from nature is already a cliche,” says Tokodi. City dwellers often have no relationship with animals or greenery. As a public artist I feel a sense of duty to draw attention to deficiencies in our everyday life.”
Tokodi studied printmaking and graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts and also has indoor and paper works projects in her portfolio. Her works have been featured in public and private spaces around the world that include Brick Lane Gallery (London), Lana Santorelli Gallery (New York), SEPTA Public Transit (Philadelphia), Billboard and public sculpture exhibition (Budapest), and The Gallery at (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York).
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