Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 24, 2009 at 12:01am

Weatherman Promises Sun at Frost Park Chalking Today at Noon

Today is Frost Park Friday at 9th and Pacific Ave at noon!!

Chalking Weather for Frost Park Noon Friday:


Chance of Precipitation : 5 percent (Almost zero)

Expected Temperature : 48 degrees

Inspirational Message from chalking founder RR Anderson (read closely):

An excerpt from NIGHT FLIGHT by

Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

"They think, these peasants, that their lamp shines only for that little table; but, from fifty miles away, some one has felt the summons of their light, as though it were a desperate signal from some lonely island, flashed by shipwrecked men toward the sea."


Friday, April 10
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 [66]  |  posted under tacoma


by Joel 413 on 4/24/2009 @ 7:19am
I hope the weather at noon is as nice (but a little warmer) than it is right now. I unfortunately, will either be involved in getting my coif shortened, or my fitness improved in a distance run in the U District in Seattle. No working in Tacoma for me today. Major Sadness.

Have fun fellow Chalkies!

by izenmania on 4/24/2009 @ 8:25am
If I'd known my mustache was sponsoring this week I would have waxed it up this morning!

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 9:19am
it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

by Erik on 4/24/2009 @ 10:57am
Current Frost Park Condition : Sun and Blue Sky!

See everyone at noon.

by KevinFreitas on 4/24/2009 @ 11:20am
Can't wait -- been missing out thus far but today not so. See everyone at noon!

by Erik on 4/24/2009 @ 11:25am
Wow. Check out Andrea's new banner for this week.

by Erik on 4/24/2009 @ 1:43pm
Incredible day at Frost Park today. Great turnout and art submissions.

Here is my photo set.


Welcome back Kevin!

I will wait to post my photo set here.

by KevinFreitas on 4/24/2009 @ 2:19pm
Here are my pics from today. Great work everyone and it's fantastic to be back! Vote vote vote!

by Stowe

by Madison

by unknown

by Alex

by Mark Monlux

by Barrett

by V.A. Kruger

by Ariel

by Andrea

by Electric Elliot

by Adam the Alien

by RR Anderson

by Nick

by Dave_L on 4/24/2009 @ 2:24pm
I haven't gotten down there with my brushes and pails yet this season. Was there was a substantial enough amount of clean slate (concrete)?
Nice work, Nick! I've been pondering a piece, but don't have a subject yet. Your idea and execution is excellent. So far that's a a front-runner for me. What the heck, I know I'm still going to vote for Nick, so I'll open up voting by push-pinning my VOTE on Nick's piece.

by FrostPark on 4/24/2009 @ 2:32pm
This week's pictures are fun to look at because of the ghosts of Episodes 2 and 3.

Now for commentary:
RR gives an amazing tribute to our Beluga friends at PDZA, as we are soon to be beluga-less with Beethoven moving to a new home.

I'm a sucker for Andrea's work, but maybe then again it's because I'm a Trenbeath fan-boi. This is like a mix of TMNT, Snake-Eyes from G*I*JOE and Spider Man... awesome spewage from the ATL vessel.

Mark's stuff is always fun. but I imagine it's because he's not thinking about his knees and is able to focus on the art.

Stowe... in a few short years you'll be charging tens of thousands of dollars for your chalk art and we'll all say I remember when...

But my VOTE is for NICK this week. The perspective and shadow are amazing, but on top of that he managed to incorporate the ghosts of my shield and Adam's park detail from last week into his piece by placing his map strategically over the others.

P.S. Dave_L is there a day next week that works for you? I am generally driving past Frost Park about 5:30 on any given evening, I could throw some buckets and brushes in the back of my pickup and help scrub down the park if needed.

by Erik Hanberg on 4/24/2009 @ 3:11pm
I'd like to vote for Nick as well.

Miss it this week. Will be there again soon.

by MarkMonlux on 4/24/2009 @ 3:36pm
Here are some photos I took of this week's entries
Beware the Coockoos
"Beware of the Coockoos" by Mark Monlux
Ice Cream Cones
Ice Cream Cone #1 by who?
Waterfall by Stowe view 1
Stowe's Waterful - View #1
Waterfall by Stowe view 2
Stowe's Waterfal - View #2
Hi Kevin!
Google Pin
Google Map Pin - in progress
J A Kruger
Sun and Spout
Sun and Sprout
Unstable Art
Adam the Alien's Is it Arbor Day?
Adam the Alien's "Is it Arbor Day?"
Ice Cream to the rescue
Ice Cream to the Rescue
So Long and thanks for the Fish V1
RR's So Long and Thanks for All the Fish!
Eric chats away
Hey! Eric! Hey, Eric! Earth to Eric!
For these and more fun shots check out more photos of everybody at the Flickr Group page www.flickr.com/groups/774718@N22/

by scout on 4/24/2009 @ 3:39pm
I vote for Madison's angel. Elegantly simple and a tribute to the individual angel in each one of us.

by scout on 4/24/2009 @ 3:42pm
Re Monolux pix titled "Erik chatting"

Indeed Erik is the Mad Chatter as eloquently demonstrated in his big time Melon Interview.

by Erik on 4/24/2009 @ 4:13pm
Great pictures Mark.

Yes, I like Nick's piece too. It turned out really well on film. Julian Beever would be proud of you.


Nick's piece looked even better when the word Google could be seen on it. I vote for Nick.

by izenmania on 4/24/2009 @ 4:55pm
The message I took away from Adam's piece is that we all need to start killing trees before they grow too large and EAT THE WORLD.

by KevinFreitas on 4/24/2009 @ 5:48pm
I can never think of something witty to say so I'll just vote. Nick. ;)

Great job out there everyone -- nice to be back. Look forward to the rest of the season. Some really inspired work today. Oh, and congrats to Ariel and John on their impending little lump of clay!

by KevinFreitas on 4/24/2009 @ 5:52pm
This is Libby masquerading as Kevin, voting enthusiastically for Nick.

by Erik on 4/24/2009 @ 8:45pm
This is Libby masquerading as Kevin, voting enthusiastically for Nick.

Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. You of all people know there is one vote per person.

If "Libby" is actually a different person, perhaps you can set her up with her own avatar and Feed Tacoma account. Just have her email Kevin Freitas.....hey...that's you. :)

by Joel 413 on 4/24/2009 @ 9:28pm
Or libby could use my avatar to vote, since I was obviously logged on as 'Frost Park' ... see the park was even biased.. had I been fully aware that I was logged into that account, I would have written the post a little differently.. Oh well...

No vote from me as I already voted under a different nom de plume

by Dianne on 4/24/2009 @ 10:09pm
Stowe's waterfall is awesome, so realistic.
I vote for Ariel because her sprout makes me think of Little Shop of Horrors.

by ElectricElliot on 4/24/2009 @ 10:26pm
I second the sprout. Vote for Ariel.

by Wings_of_Change on 4/24/2009 @ 10:33pm
Wow, this week is really a hard choice.

I think I will also vote for me. Mostly because I am amazed I was able to bust something out that cool when I got there so late.

I think both Nick and Stowe's pieces are uber-awsome. Way to go chalkies!

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 10:40pm
still downloading my pics... in the meantime check out some of the shots from the Tacoma Art Museum... some good ones of Andrea's Dinosaur www.flickr.com/photos/tacomaartmuseum/

by scout on 4/24/2009 @ 10:42pm
I think Kevin became a "multiple" on his recent trip. Who will we meet next week, Kev?

by Earthdaughter on 4/24/2009 @ 10:47pm
Very difficult choice this week. I truly resonate with the little green sprout since I'm building gardens and growing food. And I am agape at Stowe's waterfall! The use of the intersecting planes to continue the image is beautiful. Aargh! Can I be twins and vote for both? Shucks. Ok. Sorry, Ariel, but I'm voting for the waterfall.

by Wings_of_Change on 4/24/2009 @ 10:53pm
Thats perfectly ok. Dude, That waterfall is awesome!

by Libby on 4/24/2009 @ 10:54pm
This is Libby masquerading as myself... voting enthusiastically for Nick... again... but technically this is my first and only vote... i *think*

by Frinklin on 4/24/2009 @ 10:58pm
I'm sorry, but must I point out there is a Ninja. I mean, waterfalls are gorgeous and Google Map point is amusing, but people, don't you always have to vote for ninjas?

I do anyway.

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:05pm
The ninja is clearly a humanoid with a reptilian ninja turtle mask... Andrea can you please explain yourself?

Stowe is now the Thomas Kinkade of sidewalk chalk.

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:12pm
@"Libby" hey did Kevin bring you back from Scotland?

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:16pm
I cannot vote for NICK as his google map pin is clearly incorrect... what happened to the red tear drop with the black dot?

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:25pm
I encourage anyone who voted for this NICK person to please go back and change your votes to another more correct chalk art entry.

The more I think about it, if you DO vote for NICK you're voting for a lie. Maybe he's just trying to avoid a copyright infringement from the google corporation right? that's what you're thinking eh? I'm not so sure.

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:30pm

Wouldn't you rather vote for your pal RR? Doesn't this happy go lucky Beluga whale tug at your heart strings? He's had some rough times. His best friend died recently. And he's getting sent to Texas (a fate worse than death). OR maybe this is supposed to be a drawing of the dead Beluga whale. Who knows! it's impossible to tell them apart anyhow.

more pics...

Clearly a Ninja Turtle Mask.


by Adam the Alien on 4/24/2009 @ 11:39pm
I cannot vote for NICK as his google map pin is clearly incorrect... what happened to the red tear drop with the black dot?

RR, you're assuming he's trying to imitate Google Maps.

Actually, the pin is a feature of the program known as Google Earth.

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:42pm
"Actually, the pin is a feature of the program known as Google Earth."

awe nuts.

by Wings_of_Change on 4/24/2009 @ 11:49pm
man, you have both led me to spend WAY too much time on google. shame on you.

by ALT on 4/24/2009 @ 11:50pm
Damn this is a toughie. So many good entries this week. I got a kick out of Mark's dragon baby, and I love RxR's Beluga. However I did a double take when I saw Stowe's waterfall. So rich and realistic.

I vote Stowe. :)

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:50pm
I still think you shouldn't vote for something just because it is a feature in this supposed 'google earth' program and it is given dynamic illusionary charcoal hyper-shade.

by NineInchNachos on 4/24/2009 @ 11:55pm
Oh another reason you shouldn't vote for Nick is that when I was drawing my Beluga whale... my friend told me that he heard Nick whispering to one of his friends that he was glad the Point Defiance Zoo Beluga whale was dead... and that dead Beluga whales made him happy.... and that he also hates all ocean creatures.

Is that the kind of artist you wanna vote for?

by deeble interactive on 4/24/2009 @ 11:59pm
nin, you are so full of crap you could be elected governor of alaska.

in honor of earth day, I vote for the google earth pin. I vote for nick.

by tacomachickadee on 4/25/2009 @ 12:01am
I vote for Stowe.

by tacomachickadee on 4/25/2009 @ 12:01am
I vote for Stowe.

by marumaruyopparai on 4/25/2009 @ 12:09am
A good god awful lot of WIN this week, Stowe's waterfall is full of win. As Zen as Stowe's waterfall is the Alien's picturesque vigil of the Earth from the surface of the moon is also super Zen.

Did anyone vote for RR, I didn't see any. I mean sure, he seems to be grubbing for votes this week and utilizing unscrupulous commentary to detract votes from competitors, but is that any reason to take it out on the poor whale?

I don't know how you people choose every week. If I were a Tacoman, I would vote for the Alien just 'cause I dig the creativity and the grandness of his entry and because I'm surprised he hasn't already got a vote for that.

But that whale sure does tug at the heart strings. . .

by NineInchNachos on 4/25/2009 @ 12:12am
I vote for Stowe's beautiful waterfall.

One time I went camping with my best friend's Mormon church youth group. One guy asked us to answer the question: if you were a body of water what would you be? I answered 'thundering waterfall' other guys answered things like "kettle pond. lake. creek." after everybody finished answering the dude said our answers were metaphors to how we think about sex.

Mormon youth are very sick people.

by NineInchNachos on 4/25/2009 @ 12:16am
adam the alien's piece really has a good 'the little prince' planet feel goin on--which is rad when you consider my opening chalk sermon quote at the beginning of this page.

by NineInchNachos on 4/25/2009 @ 12:29am
good shot of mark

by Erik on 4/25/2009 @ 12:34am
I vote for Stowe's beautiful waterfall.

Looks like the buzzer sounded before you voted RR.

We will have to wait until tacomachickadee or someone else decides to make an official vote count. But the way it looks now, Nick's Google earth wins.


Crack Kills! (I took this picture with my eyes closed btw):

by NineInchNachos on 4/25/2009 @ 12:46am
you son of a gun.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/25/2009 @ 8:42am
The glare must have been blinding.

by Dave_L on 4/25/2009 @ 10:08am
Ha - some great pics this week. (RR probably picked up some plumbing tools at the Restore.) I took the wee beasties to FP yesterday evening, and for unofficial counting, my daughter votes for RR, Monlux, and Stowe. My son votes for Stowe. Unforunately, despite the character issues RR has intruduced regarding the recipient of my vote, plus some animal costume issues and webcam footage that concerns me, it is too late to retract my vote. But looking at the pieces in person, I was also blown away by Master-of-Chalk Stowe's waterfall flowing onto the sidewalk, and RR's non-panicky beluga, and perfect quote reference.
413c.i., thanks for the offer of chalk-washing assistance. I've just been stuck late at work most days, but I'll let you know if I can get to it this week and at 5:30. The fountains were dry yesterday, so we may have to fetch it from Scout's. Or I can hand over my FP buckets and brushes to someone else if they'd like.

by izenmania on 4/25/2009 @ 10:42am
By my count:

Nick: 6
Ariel: 3
Stowe: 2
Andrea: I
Madison: I

May have missed one or two, but not enough to change the fact that WINNAH: NICK.

by Adam the Alien on 4/25/2009 @ 12:33pm
I completely forgot to vote. I was torn, anyway. I'll give a late vote to R.R. for the Hitchhiker's Guide reference and general awesomeness.

by MarkMonlux on 4/25/2009 @ 3:52pm
I forgot to vote when I posted my photos yesterday. My vote was for RR for pulling on my old heart strings.

by Erik on 4/25/2009 @ 4:37pm
Congrats Nick.

You won!


by tacomachickadee on 4/25/2009 @ 4:53pm
Alex's was also VERY cool.

by Adam the Alien on 4/25/2009 @ 7:25pm
This week's Frost Park video montage is up and ready for viewing:

For those who are not yet YouTube-savvy, do please click on the "HQ" to view it in in high quality. If the HQ is highlighted red, you should be viewing in high quality.

I should point out that R.R.'s inspirational quote and Little Prince observation inspired the title.

by NineInchNachos on 4/25/2009 @ 10:01pm
god damn it i love Adam the Alien's frost park chalk videos. That Ukulele chick is THE PERFECT sound track for our little events.

Anyway thanks for the warm feelings in my chest sir.

by NineInchNachos on 4/25/2009 @ 10:02pm
I have a Prize for NICK too.

by Dave_L on 4/26/2009 @ 8:31pm
I dig the ukelele chick, too. Same as on Adam's Big Draw vid, right?

by Adam the Alien on 4/26/2009 @ 11:43pm
Her name is Molly Lewis, a.k.a. sweetafton23.




And do please go vote for her latest song, "Our American Cousin", in the final round of QuickStop Entertainment's Song Fu competition: www.quickstopentertainment.com/2009/04/2...

by Adam the Alien on 4/26/2009 @ 11:46pm
Sadly, I will shortly run out of her songs, until she writes more. I will then have to switch to other musicians, such as the good Dr. Noise.

For a taste of possible chalk-off montage soundtracks to come:

by Nick on 4/27/2009 @ 9:06am
"Oh another reason you shouldn't vote for Nick is that when I was drawing my Beluga whale... my friend told me that he heard Nick whispering to one of his friends that he was glad the Point Defiance Zoo Beluga whale was dead... and that dead Beluga whales made him happy.... and that he also hates all ocean creatures."

That dirty rat! I told him not to tell anyone! Well, since the tally is now done I suppose my secret no longer needs to be kept . . . on second thought, let's make sure my hate for ocean creatures does not leave this thread...


by Nick on 4/27/2009 @ 9:11am
. . . and thank for all the votes everyone!

I'll throw in my obligatory "I've never won anything before!" As for the rest of you, let's just say you're in league with the beluga whale as far as I'm concerned - you'd better stick to shallow waters unless you want to lose a flipper.

(and RR - for the record, the red pin also happens to be the iPhone's map marker of choice, so ha!)

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2009 @ 12:17pm
Nice work Nick, you've won fair and square despite my political mud slinging whisper campaign flack defenses. You've won a hot library copy of "PIRATES AND THE MOUSE: DISNEY'S WAR ON COUNTER CULTURE" book published by our own FANTAGRAPHICS (Seattle, Wa).

Present yourself at next frost park challenge to collect your prize!

by bluegodjanus on 5/1/2009 @ 11:52pm
I'll vote for Jeremy. I'm rather amused by the fact that the cut-off arm needed a label explaining such.