Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Public speaking and chalk art are ephemeral

Speaking and chalk art are ephemeral, yet they have the ability both to entertain and to inspire. Once a speech is over it really is gone. A video recording just is a pale imitation of that event. A rainstorm washes chalk art down the nearest storm drain.

In the early afternoon on July 4th I walked down to Ann Morrison Park to look at the Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival. Some of the artists were done while others were still busy creating their drawings.

Later I looked up the topic of street painting or chalk art. Although it has a long history, artists like Kurt Wenner and Julian Beever are still redefining it. In the US there are festivals in cities like Sarasota and Santa Barbara.

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