David Zinn to Create Chalk Art Installation July 18

Eye On Art  |  07/10/2020 10:00 am

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will welcome artist David Zinn to the TMA grounds on July 18. Zinn, who is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan but is known worldwide for his sidewalk creations, will spend the day in the Welles Sculpture Garden and terraces near Monroe Street. The result of his work will be a “path” through the outdoor spaces that visitors may wander to discover Zinn’s playful creatures and designs.

While Zinn is creating in the gardens and terraces, visitors are invited to visit TMA’s Family Center on the Move, located on the lawn of the Glass Pavilion, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pop-up Family Center tent will offer materials for a simple, self-guided project for families to complete together. To coincide with Zinn’s visit, chalk art options will be available as well. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to use while participating in outdoor programs at the Museum.

“David Zinn takes a playful approach to drawing and his work will allow visitors to explore the campus, take a closer look at scenes they might normally overlook and have some fun outdoors,” said Maria Iafelice, TMA’s youth and family programs manager. “Recent research has shown the benefits of both drawing and play – from reducing stress to igniting creative thinking – so we hope families will come out with their kids to make some art and see David at work.”

Zinn’s temporary street drawings are composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects, and are always improvised on location. Most of his creatures appear on sidewalks in Michigan, but many have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan, village squares in Sweden and street corners in Taiwan. His most frequent characters are Sluggo (a bright green monster with stalk eyes and irreverent habits) and Philomena (a phlegmatic flying pig), but the diversity of Zinn’s menagerie seems to be limited only by the size of the sidewalk and the spirit of the day.

David Zinn’s visit and Family Center on the Move are both weather permitting.

To see more images of Zinn’s creations, visit www.zinnart.com.