Sweet Sidewalk Art Won’t Help American Auto Industry


Outside of the Union Station metro exit right now there is a man putting the finishing touches on a pretty banging chalk drawing and optical illusion. The sidewalk drawing, which the man said he designed himself by hand, makes it seem like there is an illuminated open precipice in the cement floor. The drawing is marred only by its purpose: namely to advertise for Buick. You can stand and peer through a lens which is curved such that it makes the 3-D illusion starker. If only talented artists like this weren’t working for the man. Can’t we just get art for art’s sake?

I will add, however, that I think this means that strange and somehow sketchy Colombia ad campaign is no longer resident.

Acacia has lived in DC since graduating from Vassar College with degrees in English and Italian. She cries daily at the thought of her imminent departure from this beloved city, as she will begin a Fulbright teaching grant in the Campania region, Italy come October. She’ll be blogging that experience too. Get at her: acaciaO@welovedc.com or follow her on twitter.

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