- Anila Angjeli, AIA, LEED AP
Tulipop - Chalk Art Walk
Updated: Jan 26
On Saturday, October 15, 2022, Artists transformed sidewalks and parking lots throughout Old Town North, Alexandria by bringing delightful chalk art, for the First Annual Chalk Walk.
I'm honored to be selected to participate and enjoyed drawing the Tulipop. The weather was fantastic, bright and sunny. The space at Canal Plaza was approximately 12'x12' black top (asphalt), near the Bike Club. Work took about 7 hours, starting at 9 am and finishing at 3 pm. This type of drawing can take time to complete and is hard on the knees and back, requiring physical training of certain muscles. The color intensity with chalk is also challenging as the chalk tends to have light pastel colors in the form of dust, which is easily affected by wind. The life of this art form is temporary. It will eventually wash off and vanish from rain, wind, and traffic.
I worked hard to get the color boldness I had envisioned and worked in layers to fill in the porous asphalt. I applied sprayed water, from time to time, which helped keep the chalk dust down in place as the light winds swiped by throughout the day.
Given the effort put into this art, I wish this piece was more permanent. On the other hand, it makes it rare and even more beautiful to see the unique, one-of-a-kind art just for one day under the sunny sky of Alexandria. See the full coverage article by Zebra press here
As architects, we love infusing our spaces with artistic designs, and bringing the art to the community, brings us joy and satisfaction. Enjoy this and other pieces in person while they last, and feel free to share our post so the Tulipop can live even longer through these beautiful images. We are grateful!