In 2009 I received an email from the Especialista en GestiÃ³n Cultural (Specialist of Cultural Management) at the Institute of the Arts of the Image and the Space (Instituto de las Artes de la Imagen y el Espacio), Caracas, Venezuela.
They invited me to create a large 2D community chalk drawing. It was an awesome experience! We had 800 kids the first day, in total we had a total of 1,500 people creatively working together. This was also the launch of a larger project which is to create the World’s Largest Illustrated Story, attempting another Guinness World Record (we already have one for the largest chalk drawing).
The story idea is to travel around the world creating a dozen large chalk drawings just like we did here in Venezuela, and to have each site and drawing a page or chapter in a book that is created by the world. It’s a long term project for sure.
I was also asked to create a separate 3D chalk drawing Master Class for 40 artists from around the county.
It’s nearly impossible to write about the entire event. 7 days of magic, kids, college students, an amazing support team, fun, beautiful people, beautiful women, another world (my first time in South America), art, music, artists, parents, a crazy city, a security guard who was with me anytime I wasn’t in the hotel. Even at the airport as I was walked through security and the guard had already been notified that I was coming, he personally welcomed me by name and I just walked through.
SO… we sent down chalk, lots of it, over 8,000 pieces. In the end we had enough to give to the national artists so they could take chalk back to their communities.
And then we drew on the Earth.
We worked on a 3D piece for the Master Class. Hot day, fun, collaborative, amazing.
Here are 2 videos that were made of the event. It was fun to be treated like a rock star. They say if you want to be famous leave the country. Sweet.
Creative Growth – the beginning of a Global Illustrated Story. The idea is to travel around the world and create a dozen large chalk drawings just like we did here in Venezuela, and have each site and drawing a page or chapter in a book that is created by the world. If you’d like to host us please get touch. Thank you!