Temporarily Tattooing Tarmac: A Step-by-Step Guide

Camden Road, London, N7

Note: If there are already leaves on the ground, you can skip steps 1-3 and jump in directly at step 4, although you might want to come back to steps 1 and 2 at a later date.

1.    Find a tree.
2.   Enjoy it throughout the year – its silhouette in winter, its new buds and blossom in spring, its emerging leaves then flourishing greenery during summer, its beautifully radiant array of changing colours in autumn.
3.    Wait until its leaves start falling.
4.    Admire all the leaves that have landed on the ground.
5.    Pick up your favourite one.
6.    Find a bus stop, preferably one where the road surface is more spiky than smooth.
7.    Place your leaf on the road (be very mindful of any traffic).
8.    Hope that you put your leaf in the right place.
9.    Wait for a bus to come.
10.  Wait for the bus to leave.
11.  Check on your leaf.
12.  Reposition if necessary (again, be careful of traffic).
13.  Repeat steps 8-12 until you’re ready to move on to step 14.
14. Admire the new piece of street art that you helped create – your leaf of choice transferred to the tarmac, having been ironed-on by a bus.

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