Painting by erasing: German artist makes a name with reverse graffiti

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His latest work is his biggest yet, emblazoned on a dam and stretching the length of six or seven football pitches. It took Klaus Dauven, 55, and his team of eight multiple weeks of work including 2,500 laser reference points in the French region of Vouglans. In July, they lost two weeks worth of work because of storms. “After the rains, we had to start from the beginning,” he said. But now “La Foret” (The Forest) is finished. However, Dauven didn’t use any paint. Instead, he worked with what was already there. The artist, now safely back home in Germany, is a pioneer of a new art form called …

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