Town Events and Happenings

Chalk Artist in LBTS

Steve dOlivera - Monday, September 28, 2015

A cute little bug-eyed alien may be landing soon in Anglin’s Square in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

To add some excitement during a slow time of the year for hotels and businesses, the Town has invited Michigan chalk artist David Zinn to create some temporary art works on the Town's streets and sidewalks on Oct. 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Zinn has done chalk art at festivals all over the country and in Europe. He never knows what he will draw until he arrives in a new place and gets to look at his canvass, which are the sidewalks, walls and streets where he’ll be working.

“I try to incorporate as much of the real world as possible,” he said.

Two of his recurring figures are a flying pig and Sluggo, a green alien.

"He’s sort of my mascot or partner in crime,” said Zinn, who will spend three full days creating his art on sidewalks in the Town’s commercial areas.

He enjoys engaging and talking with people who wander by to watch him create. The size of his street art creations range from two or three inches wide to two or three feet.

Zinn said using colored chalk helps demystify the process of creating art. Unlike other mediums, he said there’s much less of a line between professional and amateurs.

His creations only last until rains, but that doesn’t bother Zinn in the least. He said using chalk enhances the joy of making art, “rather than the keeping of it.”


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