Floraffiti art project blooming inspirational words in downtown Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Plants with a message are popping up all over downtown Raleigh.

The public art project is called Floraffiti, and it's similar to graffiti but with plants.

The Floraffiti art project started a few years ago in Chapel Hill.

This year, for the second year in a row, Floraffiti is happening in Raleigh.

Clover seeds were planted at the beginning of March, but the wet weather that hit central North Carolina in March has the seeds sprouting the inspirational messages a little early this year.

"The Floraffiti is starting to show and in about 10 days if the weather keeps cooperating it will be fully bloomed," explained David Moore, Place Making and Activations Manager with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Floraffiti organizer Carter Hubbard said the words that are blooming were selected by Raleigh residents through several community workshops.

Hubbard said the words are all about what it means to live and work or play in Raleigh.

"I think the goal for Floraffiti is solely inspiration," Moore added. "The goal is to get people smiling and excited about the community they live in."

The Floraffiti stays in bloom for about a month or two.

In Raleigh, it can be found in Nash Square Park, the State Capitol Lawn, the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, along Hillsborough St., and near the Oberlin Rd. and Morgan St. traffic circles.

There is also a surprise location in the downtown area to search for.
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