Chalk this one up to creative expression

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Expressions in Chalk pits street artists against one another during Ribfest.

But they don’t use the kind of chalk you remember from grade school.

“They use a special pastel chalk. It lasts a bit longer,” explained Ribfest organizer Doug Hillier. That way, there isn’t so much dust and the drawings don’t blow away easily.

In past years, artists have illustrated images such as a giant tiger, the insanity-inducing, tentacled beast Cthulhu and Breaking Bad’s Walter White, the high-school teacher-turned-meth dealer better known as Heisenberg.

“You see a lot of animals,” Hillier remarked.

Hillier says he prefers intricate patterns that challenge the eye — and the mind.

“To duplicate an M.C. Escher drawing on the ground is fascinating. Endless staircases and so on,” he said.

Looking at them too closely can trigger some deep emotions. “You feel like you have high anxiety,” he said.

The chalk drawing starts at 10 a.m. Friday and extends until Sunday. It takes place in front of the Victoria Park bandshell on the space used in winter as a skating surface. “It takes up the whole ice pad,” Hillier said.


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