Chicago’s sidewalks have art. Sidewalk art can pertain to drawings, paintings, pictures and sculptures that artists display on easels and in containers that lay on sidewalks; these are usually part of art fairs. However, art can be part of the sidewalks’ construction, resting on sidewalks, engraved in sidewalks and written on sidewalks.
§ Concrete Pieces
§ Scattered Seeds
§ Oblong Crack
§ Parallelogram Patterns
§ Wheelchair Transition
§ Construction Logo
§ Colored Text, Numbers, Square
§ Tire Tracks
§ Stop Sign Shadow
§ Mary in Cement
People who are most likely to appreciate sidewalk art are pedestrians. Since pedestrians cannot move as fast as motor vehicles, they will have the time to glance, inspect and stare at sidewalk art. They will do this while sauntering, sashaying, ambling, strolling, skipping, running, shuffling, moseying, limping, roller skating and skate boarding.
Occasionally, acrobats will be performing on Chicago’s sidewalks. These athletes will usually not have the time to appreciate sidewalk art as they tumble, somersault, leap and break dance. However, acrobats’ performances may be artistic.
Chicago, sidewalk art can have angular or organic forms. This art can be colorful or black and white. It can be natural or man-made.
Sidewalk art can be permanent or transitory. During certain times of the year, the weather can cover or expose this art. Ice can enhance sidewalk art. Wind and rain can erode sidewalk art.
Dog droppings on sidewalk art make it stinky. Some tree blossoms can produce pleasant smells when they are on sidewalk art. (It is usually not necessary for persons to place their noses close to the concrete to smell these odors.)
Sidewalk art may be smooth. It may have rough textures. Some sidewalk art is greasy and/or powdery.
Sounds are not integral to sidewalk art. However, the removal of cracked sidewalks by jackhammers will certainly be audibly noticeable. Pedestrians will notice, and perhaps enjoy, the soft pit-a-pat of rainfall on sidewalk art.
It is impossible for Chicagoans to walk one square mile without encountering sidewalk art. It is unlikely that this art will ever be on display in Chicago’s museums. As long as humans construct sidewalks, there will be sidewalk art.