I have had many delighted emails from all of you after the first part of this post. This chalk art is amazing and great fun to try to see where the artists blended imagination and reality. Enjoy this installment and hang on to your chairs. You wouldn't want to fall over the edges here....
Don't fall, hang on!
I think these last two were taken with a fish eye lens.....I can hardly look!
If anyone sees one on the street, take pictures and share. Just don't get too close. You wouldn't want to lose your car.
There are teachers that walk among us. If we are very lucky, we will run into at least one in our lifetime. Renee was one such teacher, a lady so gentle and unassuming, so wise and full of love, she wasn't even aware of her considerable gifts.
Renee died yesterday. She was surrounded by a family who cherished her. And she will be forever remembered by a community of friends who grew to love her over the too few years she wrote and gathered us around.
She had IBC, a rare form of breast cancer, but she was an amazing fighter and determined to educate anyone who would listen about this silent stalker. We watched her fight and learned about cancers and treatments and witnessed her joys and anquish as they occured. Her courage took my breath away. This was a public dying, an unselfish cautionary tale meant to warn and inform. But that is not what happened.
This lesson was about living. Renee could laugh and cry and be furious at the top of her lungs and we were right there beside her. She introduced us to her loving family, who became our family as well. She shared her friends, her fears and irritations and told us hilarious stories about her life. And we shared ours with her and each other. Before long, we were a village. We are now and forevermore, a worldwide family from a planet without borders and our ties are strong.
Renee said she had to learn to live with birds circling her head. But those birds were eagles. And now she flies with them to where stars are born. She was always golden stardust and now she is home. Soar free, my dearest friend. I will hold you in my heart forever.
If you came upon a piece of street art that looked like these, I'll bet a huge smile would light up your face. You would call over people close by and say, "Wow, you have to see this"! Then more folks would do the same and before you know it there would be crowd of happy, delighted strangers enjoying this wonderful thing you just happened to find while on the way to something else.
Isn't this a great way to share talent? Edgar Mueller and Julian Beever have been doing this for quite a while. One day, I hope to actually see one on the street.
Remember, every one of these images is on a flat surface.
This one is my favorite. I know the woman is far back on the sidewalk, lying by the art. And I know a photographer lined up the artist's hand with the art. But it still messes with my mind.
How about that! I'll show you another set next week. I hope this put a smile on your face. You just never know what you will find when you're out and about. Maybe a surprise like this!
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