2014 Sarasota Chalk Festival Takes Off in Venice
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They did it!
Dozens of artists teamed up together at this year’s chalk festival in Venice, Fla. to create the world’s largest 3D pavement art.
The annual Sarasota Chalk Festival is a community-based event organized by the Avenida de Colores 501c3 charitable cultural arts organization. The festival brings artists from all around the world together to create memorable chalk masterpieces.
Artists are invited to use the pavement as their canvas and pastel chalk as their medium to create oversized traditional and 3D illusionistic paintings.
This year, for the first time, the festival was moved from Sarasota to Venice, Fla. And was held from November 10 – 17.
Every year the chalk festival has a theme and artists create work that they feel represents that theme. This year, the extinct and endangered species theme celebrated the species we used to share our planet with, and raised awareness of the animals that are currently in danger of becoming extinct.
The 22,747.60-square-foot record painting features the extinct Megalodon Shark. Kurt Wenner, the creator of anamorphic pavement art, created the design to honor Venice as the shark tooth capital of the world.
Over the course of 11 days, the artists created the original 18,900 square foot design and managed to increase the size by 3,847.6 feet by changing the shark’s tail and adding fossils to the design.
The completed work stands 450-feet tall and 42-feet wide.
Julie Kirk, a nationally recognized artist and author of “Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet,” the first published book about street painting as an art form, lead the team fo artists to complete the Guinness World Record masterpiece.
Other famous artists joined Kirk, including Gregor Wosik, who held the previous record title, Phillipenzo from Russia; Sharyn Namnath from California, USA; Alex Maxsiov from Ukrain; Roberto Rodriquez and Carlos Hernandez from Mexico; David Bracanto from Sarasota, USA; Jamie Sealander from Venice, USA; Matthew May and Remko Van Shaik from the Netherlands; JM Navello from France; Tomo Saito from Japan; Marion Ruthardt and Frederike Wouters from Germany from Germany; and Iloni Fries from Clearwater, USA.
Dozens of artists came to Venice this year to create traditional pavement chalk art, as well as 3D pavement art.
Visitors were welcome to either walk to the Venice Airport Fairgrounds, where the world’s largest 3D pavement art was displayed, or pay $10 to park. For a better view of the art, visitors could pay $5. And if you wanted to get your picture taken in the shark’s mouth, you could pay another $5.
From there, visitors took a bus to downtown Venice to see the other works of art
Although nationally and internationally known artists must go through an approval process to participate in the festival, artists of all skill levels are welcome to participate.