For the second consecutive year, artists from the Larimer Arts Association and the Denver Chalk Art Festival invaded Denver International Airport with chalk in hand! More than 15 artists from Larimer Arts Association and the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design created a colorful masterpiece of chalk art on the Southwest Airlines ramp area. The artists (with a little help from our Ramp Employees) completed the masterpiece in record time – just over three hours. The motivation for “speed” was encouraged by the weather forecast. A thunderstorm was rolling in! Just minutes after the piece was completed the rain came down and washed the masterpiece away. The artists merely shrugged and stated “our art is always temporary.” Meanwhile, our Southwest Employees and Customers were feeling a deep sense of loss and ageed - it takes much more than artistic ability to be a chalk artist!
Southwest Airlines, is the official airline sponsor of the Denver Chalk Art Festival. Southwest Airlines and the Larimer Arts Association worked with DIA’s Public Art Program to plan the live art demonstration as part of the airport’s ongoing effort to promote and collaborate on public art initiatives.
The event gives the public a sneak peek of the talent and art that is set to descend upon Larimer Square during the ninth annual Denver Chalk Art Festival set for June 4-5.
“A special thank you goes to DIA and Southwest Airlines for providing us this great platform for art,” said Radhika Black, Denver Chalk Art Festival director. “As funding for art programs in schools and the community continues to erode, promoting arts awareness and education in Denver become that much more important, and every public outreach opportunity becomes more valuable.”