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Kurt Wenner’s Massive Chalk Art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival

At this year's annual Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida, renowned inventor of 3D chalk art Kurt Wenner is working on a massive street piece with his team. This year's theme for the festival commemorates the city's historical founding point of the Ringling Bros. Circus. Following the festival's “Circus City, USA” theme, Wenner's large-scale chalk installation features a three-dimensional depiction of classically adorned circus performers marching down the pavement, as if it were their very own parade.

The sepia-toned piece, which is best viewed from about 15.5 feet above to get the full 3D effect, echoes the style of two eras at once–1920's circus life in USA and the Renaissance. It's a vision where circus elephants and troubadours coexist to present a merry carnival of entertainment. The 10-day celebration is currently underway, inviting visitors to take in the street art and watch 250 skilled artists like Wenner complete their masterpieces. If you're in the area, you can join in the festivities that will be going on through November 6th.

Photo credits: [Michelangelo LC, AP Photo/Chris O'Meara]
Kurt Wenner website
Sarasota Chalk Festival website


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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