Mam . . . I'm just taking a spin on the flying saucer
THE screech of chalk across a blackboard is every child's nightmare after a summer of fun, but a fascinating series of 3D chalk etchings is right up their street.
Kids from all over Dublin looked as if they were perched precariously on a series of treacherous precipices yesterday as they gazed at a series of anamorphic or 3D street art installations at the Dun Laoghaire Chalk Festival.
Anamorphic art is a form of drawing where a distorted image comes to life when the viewer tries a new angle.
Dun Laoghaire's walkways were adorned by a group of 'Picassos of the Pavement', or street artists, who jetted in to the capital for the two-day event.
The artists -- including Leon Keer, Vera Bugatti and Jennifer Chaparro -- spent the weekend creating the large installations, including a depiction of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' around the Harbour Plaza in Dun Laoghaire.
Street painting has its roots in 16th Century Italy, when the artists who adorned the churches would take to the streets and recreate the art in chalk when they were finished with the main project.
The artists were called 'Madonnari', because many of the images were religious in nature and featured the Madonna and child.