Fleeting Art

We were exploring Florence’s vibrant town center around the Duomo when we came across some artists painstakingly creating an image on the street with colored chalk or maybe pastels.  They had a photograph of a Madonna that they were copying onto the pavement but at a magnification of probably 1000 times the size.

Street Art in Florence, Italy, (c) Photo Credit Angeli Picache

Street Art in Florence, Italy, (c) Photo Credit Angeli Picache

We’ve seen these in various parts of Europe every now and then. It makes for amazing observation of talent, perseverance, and a keen eye for detail.  The work when completed is just beautiful. Is it their way of showcasing their talent?  Get people interested in their more portable creations on canvas or paper, perhaps?  Or is it just for the heck of it?

Madonna on the Pavement in the streets of Florence, Italy (c) Photo credit Angeli Picache

Madonna on the Pavement in the streets of Florence, Italy (c) Photo credit Angeli Picache

Whatever their reason, they are an amazing bunch of creative people.  Their creation has serves to amaze, uplift, even cheer up pedestrians.  Who knows, maybe they made someone’s day, huh?

We know the image will fade easily. We know it will get washed away in the rain or with street cleaning. But for the time it’s there, it’s a celebration of what beauty we as a people today are capable of.

This post is in response to Cheri’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting.  Do go see what others have posted. 

 

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  15. munchow says:

    It’s quite a gift I think to passers-by. As you say, for a short while it’s a celebration of what beauty we as a people today are capable of. I think it’s one of many ways that people can share and give of their talent. Great post.

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  17. Lucid Gypsy says:

    If I’d created it I would be so upset to see it disappear so quickly.

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  19. vastlycurious.com says:

    LOVE THIS! No rain I hope in the future…

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