VENICE, FL – International artists arrive in Venice, Fl to create the Largest Anamorphic Pavement Art for the 2014 Sarasota Chalk Festival. This years theme brings global attention to ‘Extinct or Endangered Species’.
“According to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) nearly one out of five shark species is classified as threatened with extinction.” says festival founder, Denise Kowal. “Our goal in creating world’s largest 3D underwater scape is to bring attention and support to the plight of so many endangered species.”
Kurt Wenner, innovator of 3D pavement art, has agreed to design the 42′ x 450′ installation of a Megalodon Shark and Giant Squid. Wenner is known for creating compositions on pavement that appear to rise from, or fall into, the ground.
The current Guinness World Record for anamorphic art measuring 16,900 square feet was awarded in Germany in 2012. It broke the 2007 world record of 8,073 square feet held in the Netherlands. All the artists have performed at the Sarasota Chalk Festival in past seasons and will lend their hand in securing, for the first time, this world record for the U.S.A.
Renowned artist and author of “Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet”, the first book published about street painting as an art form, Julie Kirk, will lead a team of local, national and international artists that arrive in Venice on November 1st.
The 2014 USA World Record Team consists of:
Gregor Wosik (World Record Holder) Germany Tomo Saito – Japan
Genna Panzarella – California JM Novello – France
Adry Del Rocio – Mexico Alex Maksiov – Ukraine
Viktor Puzin – Russia David Brancato – Sarasota
Marion Ruthardt (World Record Holder) Germany Carlos Hernandez – Mexico
Remko Van Shaik – (World Record Holder) Netherlands Sharyn Chan Namnath – California
“It will take dozens of artists and hundreds of volunteers two weeks to complete this project. Not to mention the tremendous amount of resources that will be used.” Kowal is hopeful that people will rally to provide the funds needed to secure the World Record for the U.S.A.
The 3D installation will take place at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds. It will open to the public on November 14th, when visitors will have the opportunity to stand on the painting and become a part of the scene for a photo op from November 14th thru 17th. A traveling Smithsonian Museum ‘Animal Connection’ will also be onsite along with other photo opportunities.
To schedule an interview with the Guinness Book artists or for more information on the Guinness Book World Record installation please contact Denise Kowal, founder at (941) 954-5800 or by email at Denise@ChalkFestival.org.
The Sarasota Chalk Festival has relocated to Venice, Florida after six successful seasons in the City of Sarasota. Scheduled for November 10-17, 2014, the festival became the first international street painting festival in the USA in 2010 and remains the only one to date. It is a local community-based cultural event that welcomes, once a year, the global community of the most renown pavement artists from around the world to participate, creating artwork to support a chosen theme. It is known to host the most innovations and world-debuts of the art form than any other event worldwide that included Edgar Muller’s day/night painting ‘Save Me’, Kurt Wenner’s ‘Circus Parade’, Leon Keer’s ‘Lego Army’ and Anthony Cappetto’s ‘Augmented Reality’. Notable performers include daredevil Nik Wallenda, who in 2012 performed with his wife on 60′ sway poles for the festival’s circus theme. The Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice 2014 is produced by Avenida de Colores, Inc, a 501c3 cultural arts charitable organization. It is the first and only international festival in Sarasota county that is free for all to participate in and attend.
Avenida de Colores, Inc. is a cultural arts 501C3 charitable organization that is entirely volunteer. It partners with communities to draw tourism and commerce to area businesses, and creates cultural experiences that create a sense of place and joyous memories for residents. The organization focuses on pavement artists and art where chalk/pastels are used as the medium and the road surface as a canvas. They have over 50 outreach programs that work with area artists as well as schools, libraries and other communities around the globe. This volunteer structured group produces the world renowned Sarasota Chalk Festival, as well as the Going Vertical Program and the Floralia Infiorata 2015.