Daily Dose: Sidewalk Chalk
Remember back in the day when we were drawing things on the sidewalk with our colourful pieces of chalk? Most of us didn’t go much more complicated than drawing hopscotch squares, yet we were still proud of our public displays of art. But a Torontonian man by the name of Dave Johnston certainly took this simple medium and went above and beyond. If you’ve ever been around the Eaton Center on a fair weather day, you’ve probably seen his work. He primarily works the corner in front of H&M and is there quite often. In fact, he was doing his thing while Kollaboration took over Dundas Square https://kollaborationtoronto.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/kollaboration-toronto-takes-over-yonge-and-dundas-square/ . The poorly shot photo of him working was taken by yours truly.
Public artwork is generally out of place once you stick it in a museum. The temporariness of Dave’s artwork is what gives it its lasting appeal for those that were there to experience it. Hundreds of people walk by and photograph him while he works and immortalize his practice. While he does continue to draw on his own time, he’s also done pieces for larger corporations like Bell, Warner Brothers, and McDonalds, to name a few. In 1999, he won Toronto Artist of the Year. He is a living example of how you can take something so simple that even you’ve probably attempted at some point in your life and taken to another level.