This past weekend I created some 3D street art for the 16th annual Denver Chalk Art Festival. This was my sixth year as part of the event. The Denver festival is my home event, so I feel a special connection with the other artists and the spectators. It is one of the biggest chalk festivals in the country with over one hundred thousand people checking out the artwork over two days. For the last two years I have been a “featured artist” for this event.
This year I designed my 3D street art to be open to interpretation. The image shows a person wearing a haz-mat suit, lounging in a recliner. There is a dog between their legs and a cat near their head. Both animals are also wearing custom haz-mat suits. The person looks very relaxed. They are reading a book and sipping a cocktail. I like the idea of juxtaposing the seriousness of the haz-mat suit with these laid back activities.
What happens if it rains?
This year at the festival I experienced some setbacks from rain. The rain on Saturday damaged my artwork, but I was able to make the repairs and finish before another rain storm on Sunday. Rain is always a possibility when working outside, so I make sure to be prepared. I always have plastic sheeting in my backpack in case I need to cover the artwork. It is also important to remember that rain is not the end of the world and just keep pushing forward. I think that battling the elements together helps chalk artists bond and form stronger friendships.
The crowds were awesome all weekend! Everyone really seemed to enjoy my artwork and lined up to take photos from the viewing point. One of the challenges of such a crowded event is trying to get everyone to the proper viewing point for the artwork. I draw footprints on the ground and explain that this is the best viewing point to see the 3D street art. People are always amazed when they step on the footprints and take a photo. The image seems to jump off the ground!
You can check out more of my 3D street art here.
You can also see a time lapse video of me creating 3D chalk art here.