Sunday, June 18, 2006

La Piazza dell'Arte Festival

Denver's Larimer Square (Lodo) was the scene of the fourth annual La Piazza dell'Arte festival yesterday and today.

From the event web site: "HISTORY - The event follows street painting traditions that originated in 16th century Renaissance Italy when artists began transforming asphalt into canvas using chalk. The artists were called "madonnari," after their customary practice of recreating chalk paintings of the Madonna. Historically, madonnari were known for their life of travel and freedom, making their living from coins received from passers-by."

David and I hiked downtown from our West Highlands home this morning. The street painting with chalk was really incredible. Here are a few shots: (Remember, these are chalk drawings on the street!)

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