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Nissan claims the Leaf electric vehicle cleans up London


A Nissan Leaf has helped to clean up an area of London as part of a street art installation.

The Leaf has powered the jet washer of 'reverse graffiti' artist, Moose, to create a mass-scale mural of London's skyline by cleaning dirt off surfaces using a jet washer or wire brush.

Nissan said much of the dirt is caused by particulate matter from vehicle exhausts, levels of which often exceed guidelines and limits in busy areas of London and other European cities, and it commissioned Moose to create the street art and highlight the growing issue of poor air quality in Europe's biggest cities and to showcase how much cleaner they could be if more people adopted electric vehicles.

The artwork, which is on show in the subway on Station’s Approach, Waterloo, includes a host of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Shard, Battersea Power Station and The London Eye, plus an outline of a Nissan Leaf at the end together with the message 'Zero Emission'.

In a world-first, the jet washer used to clean the wall was powered by the Nissan Leaf electric car 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.

Before the artwork made its way onto the wall, Moose sketched the skyline by hand before creating stencils that pieced together to produce the finished artwork, standing some 2.5 metres tall and 10 metres wide.

"I've been using reverse graffiti for fifteen 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, who originates from Leeds.

“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."

Moose’s artwork is on show in London Waterloo and Nissan is encouraging the public to come out and see it for themselves.

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