Help finding or making vibrant sidewalk art
December 28, 2011 11:45 AM Subscribe
My wife is helping an artist at Vanderbilt University focused in sidewalk painting. But she can't find vibrant chalks in order to accomplish her goals. Can you help?
posted by aburd to media & arts (12 answers total)
Here is her description:
An artist is working on a grant at Vanderbilt University and she hopes to make students more aware about color and how combinations of colors affect the perception of color. She is pulling from Joseph Albers studies of color. You can get a simplified introduction here
Because the artist would like to confront students with these art rules about color, she needs to be able to make specific hues in large amounts so that she can paint them on the sidewalks. Here come the contraints--side walk chalk is not brilliant enough and does not effectively demonstrate what Albers was trying to teach. It would be best if she could make her own paints, cheaply. The paints need to be bright--see Albers--and then need to be semi-permanent. They shouldn't last more than a few days. We could probably wash these with waterhoses, but probably not pressure washers. Another idea that the artist would like to incorporate portability. It could be possible that color field squares could be painted on another surface so that they could be moved around and displayed in different areas. We just aren't sure which material would be durable and not slipper for people to walk over.
Those are our basic needs to get going on this for now. I'd appreciate any advice you could offer.