If facing a blank canvas is hard, imagine staring down at an empty square of sidewalk, all while knowing that you'll need to start and complete a complex artwork over a single weekend. If you're at The Paseo, in Pasadena, then that weekend is likely the one containing Father's Day. For the free and long-running Pasadena Chalk Festival traditionally pops up around the middle of June, timed to the holiday, all while drawing some of the best madonnari, or chalk artists, around.
Couldn't make the 2019 on-the-ground extravaganza, which broke out the chalk sets on June 15 and 16? Here are just a few of the fanciful final pieces, all winners of various categories, seen at the 27th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival from Light Bringer Project.