|By Carlos Alberto -- GH (Mexico)|
|By Tonya Youngberg and Bridget Lyons (U.S.)|
The first painting I came upon -- which was still in progress -- was a lovely rendering of Botticelli's "Birth of Venus." It seemed apt for this year's theme of Museum in Motion. It wasn't until on my way out that I realized the painting lying head-to-head with the Botticelli was a cartoonish satire of the painting. I loved the tongue-in-cheek version, with its "Venus" shocked to find herself naked and on a clam shell. The eyes say it all. (Note: The character looked a lot like the artist, although the artist had all of her clothes on.) And in case you're wondering, this wasn't happenstance. The artists for the two works were clever collaborators.
|By Cesar Paredas Pacora (Peru)|
As in the past, Kurt Wenner participated in the Festival. For those unfamiliar with the name, Wenner is the creator of anamorphic -- or 3D -- pavement art. His resume includes a stint as the Guinness World Record holder for the largest anamorphic pavement painting -- the megalodon shark he designed for the 2014 Chalk Festival. The painting was 22,747 square feet and cost approximately $150,000 to create. The now faded masterpiece, which is located at the Venice Airport, will be restored in connection with the next Chalk Fest.
|By Kurt Wenner (U.S.)|
The work was pretty stunning when properly viewed through my camera from the perfect vantage point atop an artless PVC pipe. (Perspective is the key to all 3D art, so it's especially helpful when the artists direct you where to stand.) The painting on what I knew was a flat ceiling transformed into this cracked rotunda that opened to the sky. The butterflies took flight. The floor opened into a craggy abyss. It was magical.
|By Leon Keer (The Netherlands)|
|By Marije Spelbos (The Netherlands)|
Although the City of Sarasota decided to allow the art on Pineapple Avenue to remain until it fades away naturally, a post-Festival visit isn't the same as going on an official day. (Among other things, you run the risk of getting run over by a driver more intent on getting to her destination than allowing you to enjoy the art.) Happily, you won't have to wait a full year to enjoy a pavement art extravaganza. The next Chalk Festival will be held on November 15-18 at the Venice Airport. See you there!