Apr. 18, 2008 at 12:12am
Here was the scene last week at Frost Park
Prize(s) for Winner:
In addition to being crowned "TACOMA'S BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE," here's the prize for the winner of the Frost Park Chalk Art Challenge: 2 tickets to see James Kunstler on April 23, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Theater on the Square in Tacoma.
Two tickets to the urban speaker event of the decade in Tacoma.
See everyone there at noon
For more information see:
Proposed Rules by RR Anderson
Last week at Frost Park: First week of chalk art
Pre-Event Coverage : LupinGoddess v. RR Anderson
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by intacoma on 4/18/2008 @ 9:06am
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 9:09am
|i'm looking out the window and it's sunny as hell (fingers crossed).|
by KevinFreitas on 4/18/2008 @ 9:12am
|Sunny but chilly. I'm there -- weather doesn't matter. It's the people I get to spend time with at the park that make the day sunny. ;)|
by jenyum on 4/18/2008 @ 9:33am
|Cannot be there. Taking back house from ne'er do wells.|
by intacoma on 4/18/2008 @ 9:51am
|if it rains just move it over to under the garages for the chalk off|
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 10:00am
|I cant remember for sure, but might be those terracotta tiles under there. Google says 49% chance of rain.. that means we've got 51% of the chance on our side.
Ladies and gentlemen of the city of destiny... what will happen?
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 10:26am
|Still dry and even sunny. Yet dark clouds loom.|
Here's what I received from RR Anderson through the art list serve
ATTENTION: league of Art FRIENDS!
the a CARTOONIST, RR ANDERSON and CO.
challenges YOU to a sidewalk chalk sketch-off
this FRIDAY at DEAD NOON, in DOWNTOWN TACOMA's own LARRY FROST MEMORIAL PARK (9TH and COMMERCE)
Second EVER EVENT OF IT'S KIND ON THE PLANET!
challengers for the title of
"BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE OF TACOMA" will be determined, awarded
by KevinFreitas on 4/18/2008 @ 10:31am
|Umbrella. Jacket. Maybe gloves. Done. No more weather worries. Embrace the PNW, yo.|
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 11:00am
|I'm not worried about the people. I'm worried about the chemical properties of chalk.
Anyone who's ever taken a highschool chemistry class can tell you what happens when you mix water and chalk...
it becomes unwieldy and dangerous. Violent reactions!
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 11:05am
Perhaps contestants can cover their space to keep it dry.
This could get interesting.
We will see how everyone tries to adapt.
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 1:20pm
|thanks everybody! that was fun.
Tacoma Urbanist already has some great photos up.
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 1:46pm
Who do you think won?
Please post your opinion so I know who to give the tickets to.
More pictures at:
by Steph DeRosa on 4/18/2008 @ 1:58pm
|effin fantastic. I sure do heart you guys.|
by Steph DeRosa on 4/18/2008 @ 1:59pm
|Oh, and there's just no competing artistically with RR.|
by KevinFreitas on 4/18/2008 @ 2:10pm
|Here's a few of my pics:
I think RR wins for overall composition. Cheers to all those wielding chalk tho!
As always, great to see everyone!
by KevinFreitas on 4/18/2008 @ 2:13pm
|Oh, and here's more pics.|
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 2:23pm
|I liked the train|
I also liked Lance's use of lettering.
I liked the Izen-frog
I think Kevin wins best use of perspective
The volcano crew wins best use of props.
EVEN MORE Frost Park Chalk Challenge Photoz
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 2:32pm
|those are some amazing chalk event photos on your website Mr. Freitas. Excelsior !!!|
by RonSwarner on 4/18/2008 @ 2:53pm
|Steph DeRosa posted her pics of the Chalk Challenge on Spew. Chalk it up to Tacoma. Nice photos everyone.|
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 3:06pm
|great photos Steph! the street sweeper angle is rad.|
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 3:07pm
|We got lucky with the weather. Great event.
My personal goal was to improve on my submission from last time.
Hmmm. Looks like 2 votes for RR so far.
by izenmania on 4/18/2008 @ 3:26pm
|(just so people don't get confused, the funny-hair man next to the train was also done by me. the train, obviously, was not)|
by intacoma on 4/18/2008 @ 3:35pm
|I vote for the one with the Future Stars of today slogan, I like the jack in the box taco in the top left of it|
by intacoma on 4/18/2008 @ 3:36pm
|then the frog is second, kinda cute|
by izenmania on 4/18/2008 @ 3:41pm
|He's so ill-formed, he's not even convinced that he's a frog. That's why the ribbit is so tentative.|
by izenmania on 4/18/2008 @ 3:42pm
|Oh, and I vote for RR, because I like that his drawing suggests that we are pooping out carrots...|
by Mandiferous on 4/18/2008 @ 3:46pm
|Gotta vote for RR. Not only because his submission was very Tacoma oriented AND eco-friendly, but I'm curious as to what kind of Tacomic will be come out of the James Kunstler experience.|
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 3:50pm
|Although I would like the title of BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE, I already have tickets... so I think I should abstain my entry from this weeks chalk challenge.
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 3:57pm
|Although I would like the title of BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE, I already have tickets... so I think I should abstain my entry from this weeks chalk challenge. |
Two separate issues RR.
If you prevail in the contest, you will have to figure out who to give or sell the Kunstler tickets to. However, that should not effect who should be crowned the "BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE."
by Steph DeRosa on 4/18/2008 @ 4:38pm
|Thanks for the compliment RR. It was so good to see everyone!
And I agree with Erik. RR definately gets the title. I'm thinking some sort of trophy or crown is on order.
Possibly a cape and wand.
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 4:46pm
|And I agree with Erik. RR definately gets the title. I'm thinking some sort of trophy or crown is on order.
Thanks Steph. I have not voted yet. However, I will by midnight tonight at which time I will announce the winner.
I have to make it fairly soon as the Kunstler event is on Wednesday.
by Steph DeRosa on 4/18/2008 @ 4:49pm
|Ooooops - apparently I can't read. Sorry Erik.|
by Ms.Ajax on 4/18/2008 @ 5:02pm
|My vote is for Lance's Warhol........go Lance!|
by NineInchNachos on 4/18/2008 @ 5:37pm
|Let's make this interesting.
I Vote for Lance's Warhol also!
by Dave L. on 4/18/2008 @ 6:01pm
|Although it really wasn't me because I'm at work that time of day on Fridays, it was fun participating and meeting everyone. There were enough other people also self-conscious about their abilities, and truthfilly, there was no pressure. A really fun, goofy thing to do on Friday. The rain brought out more of the colors. I have trouble thinking up anything remotely original, but I've got some time before the next one. I thought the chalk hole in the sidewalk was a great idea and had the most pre-production effort. I vote for what I think was the little girl's minimalist expression that was next to the body outline, followed by Warhol, then a tie between RxR's and the little self-portrait. Chalk-on-concrete is a surprisingly difficult medium; bringing a toy boat next time. Oh, the Stormtrooper with the leaf-blower followed by the streetsweeper only added to the experience.|
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 6:05pm
|That makes it 5 to 2 so far for RR.
5 hours and 55 minutes left for voting.
by Erik Hanberg on 4/18/2008 @ 6:31pm
|I'll vote for Warhol|
by morgan on 4/18/2008 @ 8:01pm
|I vote for Warhol. Although an A for effort to that 3D hole in the sidewalk. I could not figure out what that was earlier! But now I see it's because I was viewing it upside down from the wrong angle!
I think a revolving trophy or crown of some sort is in order. Great tradition RR!
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 9:29pm
|I think a revolving trophy or crown of some sort is in order.|
Yes. Unless there is someone who has the skills to dominate the chalk art contest.
by ALT on 4/18/2008 @ 9:41pm
|I've been deliberating between Warhol and R.R, and I've finally decided on R.R's entry; It's colorful and dynamic, and I love the scintillating detail of the commode.
Wish I made it down today; An appointment had me strapped for time, and the weather kept me guessing. I actually left the apartment twice, uncertain whether or not the event would still be held. A little rain sure wouldn't stop me, but then I wasn't sure I could say the same for chalk. Looks like it held up well regardless!
Well, I now know to head here next time to stay informed. Beautiful work everyone! I'll do my damnedest to make it next Friday!
by pietogo on 4/18/2008 @ 9:49pm
|I love all of it-everybody is a winner in my book! I think it was pretty cool that this was taking place downtown and that it was smack-dab in the middle of the lunchtime hustle and bustle. My vote is for Warhol, but a close second is the little curb drawing of what I think might be Jesus?|
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 10:01pm
|Well, I now know to head here next time to stay informed. Beautiful work everyone! I'll do my damnedest to make it next Friday!|
You will have a chance to re-claim your title next week. There is something nice however, being the first winner.
As for the weather, the first 35 minutes were absolutely dry. Then it started raining a bit and my picture cell phone froze up. Regardless of the weather, however, the Frost Park group still shows up.
by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 11:58pm
|It's nearly midnight. 10 great chalk art entries were made.|
The vote is currently
6 votes for RR Anderson's Tagro
5 votes for Lance Kagey's Warhol
I have just a few minutes left to cast my vote. It looks to be almost tied to determine who will be the "TACOMA'S BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE" for the next week.
There should be a rule against submitting a chalk drawing of a toilet as RR has done which makes a mockery of the chalk art contest.
Last week, he drew a rain scene based on a sketch on a napkin.
Yet, I have no ability to give Lance's Warhol the winning vote. Lance appears to have basically conceded and RR non persuasively tries to throw the contest by voting for his opponent.
LupinGoddess makes a good case for RR.
Regardless, all I can do at this point is to create a clear win for RR or throw the contest into disarray by declaring a tie vote. Yet, with the Kunstler event occurring this Wednesday, "time is of the essence" to resolve the contest.
There really is no option. Consequently, I reluctantly cast my vote for RR Anderson's Tegro chalk art piece making the final vote count 7 - 5.
For the next week at least, RR Anderson is the "BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE OF TACOMA."
He can sell, give, exchange or destroy the extra Kunstler tickets he has won.
by izenmania on 4/19/2008 @ 12:40am
|little curb drawing of what I think might be Jesus?
Self portrait. I may do a bigger one next week. It's hard to do small drawings with big chalk.
by Adam the Alien on 4/19/2008 @ 3:08am
|Wish I made it down today; An appointment had me strapped for time, and the weather kept me guessing. I actually left the apartment twice, uncertain whether or not the event would still be held. A little rain sure wouldn't stop me, but then I wasn't sure I could say the same for chalk. Looks like it held up well regardless!
We were theorizing on your absence, and that was my theory. There are always at least some folks who gather, no matter the weather. And, apparently, there are those who will, uh...continue to draw even after it's begun to rain and even hail on their unfinished drawings.
I would have voted, but the wee hours of the morning were my first opportunity to poke around feedtacoma.
by NineInchNachos on 4/19/2008 @ 9:17am
|I move to adopt resolution #666 measure of INSTANT RUN OFF VOTING, where voters name their top 3 choices. |
Also I move to not sleep in next FRIDAY and finish my secretive computer program to nominate super delegates in a timely fashion.
Even so, these events are proving to be ultra-fun. The unpredictable weather, the idling TPD paddy wagon, the looming street sweepers, the sneaky 'eye balling' of competitor's entries, the acrid chalk fumes... talk about an event suited for downtown tacoma!
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