Tacoma Urbanist

May. 1, 2009 at 12:49am

Art Lives in Tacoma: Frost Park Chalking Today at Noon

Today is Frost Park Friday: Chalking at 9th and Pacific Ave at noon in Downtown Tacoma!!

Chalking Weather for Frost Park Noon Friday:


Chance of Precipitation : 9 percent

Expected Temperature : 59 degrees

Inspirational message from Frost Park founder/charismatic leader RR Anderson:

Manufactured Landscapes II  

"Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people you hate." ~ Mr. Jalopy


Friday, April 31
12 noon - 1 pm
Larry Frost Memorial Park
Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

1 hour. free chalk. community art challenge. win prize(s)!

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Voting For Winner

Please vote for your favorite chalk art entry in the comment section below. 
Explaining why you voted for a particular entry may add more meaning.

Each person/avatar gets one vote.  Votes will be accepted until midnight on Friday after which the winner will be declared.  Votes will be accepted starting at 1:00 p.m.

For more information see:

Tacoma Chalk Off Cumulative Scorecard in Season I

comments [38]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 1:14am
RR Anderson's Bonus Art for this episode:

by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 1:15am
Also, bring your copy of Tacoma City Arts magazine to Frost Park for members of CLAW to sign:

by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 1:21am
Frost Park press coverage this week:

-New Frost Park puzzle in Weekly Volcano:

In the print edition of the Volcano:


and in today's Volcano post 5 Things to do: Friday:

1. The Frost Park Chalk Challenge rules are simple: competitors pick a spot in the pavement at Ninth and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma and compose a piece of art with chalk. They have from noon to 1 p.m. to complete the work, and then photos, masses of them, are taken and posted to feedtacoma.com to be voted on. At the end of the day (midnight!) all votes are tallied, and the winner is declared.


by Elle on 5/1/2009 @ 8:12am
I can make it! I can make it! Although my quality of work will be greatly diminished by what I call "not swine flu."

by ALT on 5/1/2009 @ 10:09am
I just love that City Arts cover. :D

by Elle on 5/1/2009 @ 12:50pm
Then again, one did not account for the 4 year old tantrum factor. Dang.

by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 1:17pm
Great turnout and weather today:


Let the voting begin.

by KevinFreitas on 5/1/2009 @ 3:12pm
I'll get pics up once I'm unbound from work for the afternoon. Great chalking and talking with everyone!

by Darkain on 5/1/2009 @ 3:28pm
My pics are up! Absolutely perfect weather today. Too bad I got tons of other photography work I have to do at my office instead of being out enjoying the sun. :P


by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 4:46pm
I vote for Chris Van Vechten.


by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 4:46pm
Let me try again:

I vote for RR Anderson's chalk drawing of Chris Van Vechten.

by Joel 413 on 5/1/2009 @ 4:51pm
OK, Here's the Candidates:

Jeremy the Garfield Kid
Jeremy the Garfield Kid

Barrett III - the Hill

Ariel & Jeremy's Mom
Ariel & Jeremy's Mom

Andrea Trenbeath Lowen

Adam the Alien
Adam the Alien

Joel 413



RR Anderson

Green Cat
Green Cat II

The rest of my photos from the day can be seen here:
Flickr Frost Park (2009)

by tacomachickadee on 5/1/2009 @ 5:17pm
I vote for Joel's.

by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 5:52pm
Nice pictures Joel.

You may want to also add them to the Frost Park flickr photo pool which has 31 members and 1350 photos:


by NineInchNachos on 5/1/2009 @ 5:58pm
dude! Brilliant!

by NineInchNachos on 5/1/2009 @ 6:02pm
my Beautiful Angle poster is going in the museum. (had stowe sign mine)

by Erik on 5/1/2009 @ 6:13pm
Yeah. Jeremy also had a hospital on the right side of his piece. I could not figure out what kind of bloody meyhem Garfield was purportedly engaged in, but it was pretty severe.

by Dianne on 5/1/2009 @ 6:39pm
I vote for Jeremy. I haven't seen this side of Garfield. With two sons and three nephews I have learned to appreciate the blood and mayhem.

I did appreciate Jon's take on May Day.

by KevinFreitas on 5/1/2009 @ 6:49pm
Here are my pics from Frost Park today:

by Jakruger

by RR Anderson

by Andrea Lowen

by Jeremy

by Dianne & Ariel

by Joel

by Patricia

by Adam the Alien

by Dawn

More over at KFnet

Happy voting!

by MarkMonlux on 5/1/2009 @ 7:51pm
I love the flying pig. Sorry I missed out today. But, at 12 I was still over Montana.

I vote for Joel.

by dawntown on 5/1/2009 @ 8:36pm
Joel for the win! Nice day for chalk action

by jamesstoweart on 5/1/2009 @ 8:46pm
I am voting for Jeremy. He is holding a chalk sword for Pete's Sake... that is like witchcraft or something. Julian Beever just crapped his pants looking at that. Also, I requested a severed Garfield arm and in under 5 minutes there was a severed Garfield arm right up there on the wall... clearly labeled and everything. This is, so far, no fooling, Jeremy's best Garfield art yet. He deserves my vote... and yours.

I for one am glad he is back. I wish we had more Garfield kids.

by morgan on 5/1/2009 @ 9:33pm
Dawn: I love the scooter!
Jeremy: Your craft is getting to be amazing! Very creative!
Andrea: Best. Gnome. Ever.
I loved the May Day tributes but RR's was really fabulous with the incredible likeness and... I'm a fan of 3-D lettering. I vote for RR.

by KevinFreitas on 5/1/2009 @ 9:39pm
Great stuff again out there this week. Love the scooter Dawn drew that was based off little Max's hat and it's tiny little scooters. Jeremy has become quite a little chalk wiz too! Love RR's stumping but Joel totally gets my vote for his somewhat early RR-esque piece. Well done sir and everyone! Beautiful day out there today.

by NineInchNachos on 5/1/2009 @ 9:58pm
here's my pics!

Frost Park No.05

Vote Van Vechten: Tacoma School Board No. 2

Frost Park No.05

Frost Park No.05

Frost Park No.05

Frost Park No.05

by NineInchNachos on 5/1/2009 @ 10:04pm
the face of the pig is a really nice cartoon rendering. But the interactive element of Jeremy's garfield sword piece really tugs at my heartstrings. . .

Ok i thought about it. I'm going with Stowe. Jeremy gets my vote! Nice work everybody. Andrea's gnome gave me quite a chuckle too.

It was nice to see Dawn back in action! Nice scooter dude!

by NineInchNachos on 5/1/2009 @ 10:06pm
also kevin's new avatar reminds me of kurt Kobain

by mzkrug on 5/1/2009 @ 10:18pm
I'm voting for Jeremy "The Garfield Kid", too. He's getting better & better all the time.

by Joel 413 on 5/1/2009 @ 10:57pm
Awesome turnout today. the weather was better than anticipated and the community was out in force. Speaking of out in force, what was that police officer saying?

I have to say the competition is pretty tough this week, I really liked Jeremy's sword and posing. But I'm gonna have to shill for my own pig this week and VOTE for Joel. I pulled that out of the air when my original idea wasn't manifesting on the sidewalk, and it turned out better than I thought... looking at the pictures.

by scout on 5/1/2009 @ 11:25pm

by AngelaJossy on 5/1/2009 @ 11:26pm
So hard to vote this week. I think the best art-wise is Andrea's rendering of the Tacoma Gnome. I was sure I was going to vote for it. But then I realized, I love the pig! Its got so many things I like: bright pink (my color!), humor (I'm a sucker for jokes about pandemics), pop culture reference, play on words (I love a good pun), flying animals (reminds me of a Pegasus which I adore) and text message slang (the bastardization of the English language that will surely end up in textbooks and dictionaries to be taught to our children's children - that is if our species survives the Swine Flu).

Yep, I vote for the other white meat. Go pig!

by Wings_of_Change on 5/1/2009 @ 11:54pm
yep, Jeremy gets my vote too. The flying swine was a close second, but Jeremy's chalk sword hes holding showed alot more ingenuity than i have seen from him thus far. Go Garfield kid!

by bluegodjanus on 5/1/2009 @ 11:56pm
I'll vote for Jeremy (on the proper week, this time). I'm entertained by the label that was necessary for the cut-off arm.

by Wings_of_Change on 5/2/2009 @ 12:10am
so, as long as I did this right, it looks as though scores this week are as follows:

Jeremy( The Garfield Kid): 8
Joel: 6

Congrats Jeremy on your first win!!

by Erik on 5/2/2009 @ 12:35am
Congrats Jeremy! He showed a lot of mojo this week:

by Joel 413 on 5/2/2009 @ 12:47am
My vote count come up:
Jeremy: 7
Joel: 6
RR: 2

But still Jeremy, Nice work Dude!

by scout on 5/2/2009 @ 2:43am
Yea Jeremy!

Good job

by Erik on 5/2/2009 @ 12:11pm
Jeremy earned this one. Nice. A crowd pleaser: