Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

THEY may not look like much yet, but sim­ple chalk draw­ings on The Strand will be turned into in­tri­cate op­ti­cal il­lu­sions as part of the city’s sculp­ture fes­ti­val.

Pave­ment artists Jenny McCracken and Rudy Kistler are cre­at­ing works to help launch Strand Ephemera on Fri­day.

The fes­ti­val will see 28 art­works in the run­ning for a $ 10,000 prize and trans­form The Strand into an out­door gallery.

Ms McCracken, who comes from Mel­bourne and has been cre­at­ing chalk mas­ter­pieces for 25 years, is work­ing on her piece near Strand Park.

She said peo­ple al­ways re­sponded well to the 3D art­works and they were be­com­ing more pop­u­lar.

“I met a guy in Syd­ney who was draw­ing on the street and I’d been work­ing with pas­tels quite a lot so I liked the idea of art­work with pas­tels. But I re­ally liked the idea of just get­ting art di­rectly to an au­di­ence with no in­ter­me­di­ary kind of gallery,” she said.

“It re­ally ap­pealed to me from the first time I en­coun­tered it and I’ve been do­ing it ever since.”

Goul­burn- based Ms Kistler’s fin­ished art­work will fea­ture a gi­ant oc­to­pus crawl­ing out of a smart phone screen.

“The pave­ment is re­ally good and the con­di­tions are re­ally good,” he said.

“The whole ephemeral art thing is very hot and I think to put a fo­cus on it at a place like this in a nat­u­ral set­ting, which na­ture it­self is ephemeral, it all works re­ally well to­gether and I think peo­ple get it.

Res­i­dents can also vote on a sec­ond piece by Ms McCracken at the week­end. Strand Ephemera runs from July 31 to Au­gust 9.

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