Tacoma Urbanist

May. 14, 2008 at 12:20am

This Week's Frost Park Prize: Overnight Luxury & Mystery

This Friday is Frost Park Chalk Off Episode VI, the victor of which will receive the highest valued prize to date by a large margin. 

Far too often, artists are asked to work for free, on "spec" or discount their work in some manner far more than any other profession.  Not this time.  Not for the victor of this week's chalk off anyway.



"Our Lady of ChalkaLupe" by Laura Hanan


Sponsor 


Laura Hanan from Brick and Mortar Gallery, formally known as the unknown artist in Episode IV.  Another first for Frost Park: a contestant becomes a sponsor.

The Prize

The victor of Frost Park Chalk Off Episode VI will enjoy one overnight stay in one of the full furnished luxury condominiums in the Rowland Building 813 Pacific Avenue (adjacent to Paddy Coynes).  The condo is used by various corporate executives who visit Tacoma and was listed at one time for nearly $500,000.  The property can be leased on VRBO.com.

For the night, the victor will take their rightful place lording over downtown Tacoma a mere block away from Frost Park, the place of their victory.  The suite is unparalleled in downtown Tacoma and can be summed up as high tech, hand crafted, spacious luxury.

Pictures Of Frost Park Chalk Off Victor's Suite




Adventure and Mystery Package:

The victor will also enjoy a personalized labyrinth tour of the rarely seen historically restored Rowland Building in the heart of downtown. 

The tour will include

- Tour of Brick and Mortar Gallery

- View of portions of the Tacoma Underground, marble staircases leading to nowhere, and remnants of speakeasies (Chinese tunnels?) to the envy of Tacoma historians.

- Tour of the rarely seen underground grand and expansive artist studio.

- View of Illuminati art

Frost Park Trophy


The victory of Episode VI will also receive an original signed art "certificate" for the event:



In addition to being the winning coupon, this original art piece is professionally double matted and could be framed.  The artistic craft and effort that will be needed to prevail in Episode VI given the increasingly honed skill of Frost Park Challengers will make the event worth remembering.

Commentary

There may never be a Chalk Off prize in the value range of this week's award.  A lowered valued prize in the future may be perceived as anti-climatic.  Yet, the bold tradition of Frost Park would dictate that caution be thrown to the wind.  I am looking forward to seeing the event with a more substantial prize on the line.

See everyone on Frost Park this Friday at noon.



Thanks Laura!

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Comments

by Elle on 5/14/2008 @ 9:29am
I got little sleep last night seeing that pop up in the photostream yesterday. This mommy needs a night out.

by droid116 on 5/14/2008 @ 9:45am
Man I wish I could wield chalk in an artistic fashion.

by Erik on 5/14/2008 @ 9:52am
I got little sleep last night seeing that pop up in the photostream yesterday. This mommy needs a night out.

It should be a fun event.

RR Anderson has some in depth analysis on the Frost Park Chalk Off worth reading this week:

www.holisticforgeworks.com/home.shtml

He posts a great group picture taken from Tacomamamma.

There's some deep thoughts in there about Frost Park Chalk Off contests.

RR also answers head on jcbetty's query from Tacoma City Arts :What is creativity?

Act Three - What is Creativity?

Creativity is the gasoline thrown on the divine fire of an idea inside the abandoned school house of entropic heap death. Creativity is pushing through a connection that you, yes you, as a person in the right place at the right time were lucky enough to discover and act upon. Creativity serves at the pleasure of a network, catalyst or champion or lumpy combination of the three.

Creative types use art as a tool* to escape truth or make truth more palatable against terrifying business phrases like:


The rest is at:
www.holisticforgeworks.com/home.shtml

by NineInchNachos on 5/14/2008 @ 10:22am
Mr. Fry,
You always have the option of hiring a chalk mercenary (or chalk contractor as we like to call them these days).

by scout on 5/14/2008 @ 10:25am
What about a new genre of Open Aire Sidewalk Performance Art Using chalk?

by Erik on 5/14/2008 @ 11:34am
You always have the option of hiring a chalk mercenary (or chalk contractor as we like to call them these days).

That's an increasing possibility at Frost Park given the stakes involved.

I wonder if we could convince Julian Beever to stop by?

Julian is to chalk art as Kunstler is for go local.



(Would this submission win Best Illustrator in the Universe of Tacoma?)

users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm


What about a new genre of Open Aire Sidewalk Performance Art Using chalk?

That's certainly one component of it enhanced by the Tacoma blogosphere.

by NineInchNachos on 5/14/2008 @ 11:46am
Beever would never make it i'm afraid. He uses a tent and takes days to complete his pieces.

by droid116 on 5/14/2008 @ 12:40pm
A slippery slope, RR.

Chalk contractors would eventually morph into a "High Noon" like atmosphere in which Chalkslingers would emerge from the alleyways, staring each other down as their fingers twitched above their chalk holsters waiting for the city hall bell to ring. Spectators would hide behind their curtained windows and children would be whisked away until the chalk dust settled.

by jamesstoweart on 5/14/2008 @ 1:37pm
STOWE CHALK PRIVATE FUNDING = CHALKSLINGER

by Erik on 5/14/2008 @ 3:14pm
Bonus pictures

Sample Illuminati art:





www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/pa...

by jenyum on 5/14/2008 @ 4:14pm
Can't wait till Friday...

by izenmania on 5/14/2008 @ 4:27pm
Hmm... while obviously exciting to some, the prize does not appeal to me all that much. Perhaps I will save my brilliant, sure-to-win chalkstravaganza for another week...

...he said, as if he had such an idea.

by KevinFreitas on 5/14/2008 @ 4:50pm
Wow, my widget tells me that Friday it's now suppose to be 91 degrees! Holy nuts that's hot. I can't wait 'til Fall... ;)

by Erik on 5/14/2008 @ 4:53pm
Wow, my widget tells me that Friday it's now suppose to be 91 degrees! Holy nuts that's hot. I can't wait 'til Fall... ;)

Interesting. We will see how that plays into the competition. Water is available across the street at Hal of a Sub.

Lance's chalk pieces are still up and looking good at Frost Park viewable from 9th or Pacific Avenue.

by NineInchNachos on 5/14/2008 @ 4:55pm
Izenmania, the real prize is the title of best illustrator in the universe. . . the sponsor loot is just an extra perk which can be sold or bartered for something more to your tastes. Free market!

by izenmania on 5/14/2008 @ 5:19pm
True true. However, I have other reasons to not chalk this week anyway.

I wonder what Lance will do once all the vertical space is filled by his unwashed pieces.