Hola amigos! Magical, inspiring and ingenious – that how I’d describe my latest 3d chalk art adventure in beautiful Chile. My dear pal, Sharyn Namnath and I jetted down to lovely coastal Antofagasta, Chile to participate in the highly anticipated ‘Dia del Ingenio’ – 3d Street Painting extravaganza, sponsored by 3M. Slated for May 3, 3M decided to bring 3 of the world’s best street painters down to Chile, to simultaneously create 3 large scale 3d images, signature pieces created by each artist to promote ingenuity in the arts. You can see 3 is definitely the lucky number here!
Of course I was honored to be one of the three, and was excited to be drawing with world phenom Julian Beever, topping the bill in Santiago, and street painting icon, Kurt Wenner, making magic in Concepcion. The whacky thing about this was that we did not know about the other artists until we arrived, so it was a surprise for us for sure. Talk about turning the pressure on! So we put our best foot forward and hoped that our painting would please the people of Antofagasta.
Our hosts created an outstanding social media platform as the central component of the event, with a dedicated website to support the event, large on site LED monitors showcasing the progress of each piece and monitors broadcasting the other two artists, at each location, so that all 3 pieces could be seen across the country simultaneously – ingenious! Each day showed each artists’ progress in real time, allowing for a full creative experience. How much fun was that? Simply amazing. Check out the images here: http://www.vivaelingenio.cl/
Working for just over 3 days on the painting, the painting was sized about 12′ x 24′ and was titled ‘Electro Jellies’. My concept was to create an interactive image that reflected the relationship between the analog and digital worlds of today – jelly fish floating on a monitor screen, morphing out of their digital confinement to connect with the electrical charges from the circuitry surrounding the monitor. Which is charging which – analog to digital or digital to analog? You be the judge!
The people of lovely Antofagasta loved the work and loved getting the pics taken with the painting. We even had a few pets on the painting at one point! I’m my happiest when I can make people smile and enjoy some of the magic I put into my work – that certainly came through in my experience in Chile. We had a terrific time and enjoyed all of our new friends in Chile. As a little treat to ourselves we ended our South America visit with a trek to amazing Machu Picchu in Peru. It’s been on my bucket list since I can remember so going was a no-brainer. I’d have to place Machu Picchu right at the top of my 7 Wonders of the World list: it was entirely every thing you’ve ever heard it was – simply breathtaking and incredible! The icing on the cake for this artistic globe trotter:-) Enjoy!
Special thanks go to Javier and Christian for taking such good care of us in Antofagasta!