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Side-chalk art around the world

Written by 14 May 2012 6 Comments

I’ve recently moved to Amsterdam from London and though I’ve adjusted to the constant stream of bikes, the unusual smells that emerge from “coffee shops” and navigating the criss crossing of canals, I’m still adjusting to living in an area where kids play happily on the street and bikes are left unlocked outside homes. These are nice things to adjust to, the former particularly and I’ve noticed many of the kids like to indulge in one activity in particular; drawing in chalk on the pavement or the sidewalk as our North American friends would say.

I’d all but forgotten doing this as a child but seeing the colourful markings of hopscotch grids, names being written and stick figures on the ground remind me how much fun using concrete as a canvas can be.

And then there are those who take it to a whole other level…

I stumbled upon these photos of some of the coolest side-chalk paintings around the world and had to share them with you. Have you ever seen chalk drawings like these on your travels?

One of the most renowned artists for this type of street art is UK born Julian Beever who has drawn on pavements and sidewalks of over 28 countries. He started out on the street as a busking artist who travelled the word thanks to the profits of his street art, which brightened up the streets of Europe Australia and USA. Fast forward a few years and he’s now regularly paid considerable amounts of money to travel for corporate and private commissions across the globe. So, is this the coolest job in which you get to travel the world? I’m off to buy some chalk and join the kids outside my new home and maybe I’ll find out!

Photos from JulianBeever.net, Huffington Post and Nick Cannon.

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  • Kia said:

    those are amazing!

  • Annette | Bucket List Journey said:

    These are ridiculously amazing! I was trying to pick my favorite, but that is close to impossible.

  • Frankie (author) said:

    Glad you like ladies! I felt very inspired and impressed! x

  • Ania said:

    Absolutely amazing. This is what real artist can creat.
    The world would be even more colorful if these wonderful pieces of art could be painted permanently for everyone to enjoy.

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