Denver Sidewalk Chalk Art in Larimer Square

On Saturday, I went to the Denver Chalk Art Festival on historic Larimer Square.

And by “historic,” I mean gold miners set up camp in this very area in the 19th century, and those settlements eventually grew and turned into the city of Denver.

The festival featured 200 chalk artists who covered the square with street paintings over two days.

I saw most of the street paintings while they were works-in-progress.

Here, for example, the artist for the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design drew one of the biggest crowds (and later won the People’s Choice Award) as she worked on this:

We also ran across some old favorites from the comics section.

One piece of artwork drew me in more than all the others, though. I kept going back to look at it.

Do you recognize it?

How about now?

Yep, that’s Vermeer’s masterwork, Girl with a Pearl Earring.

In sidewalk chalk.

Let’s compare and contrast with the original, shall we?

Stunning, no? And I didn’t even see the final version on Sunday.

The artist, Tim Cawley, won second place, Best in Show.

Full list of winners here.