Garden Place chalks it up

ANGELA CUMING
Last updated 13:33 29/09/2012

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The organisers of Hamilton’s Chalk Fest have promised it will become an annual event in the city following the success of the weekend’s inaugural event.

Close to 30 entrants, all from the Waikato, took part in the Free FM event that saw Garden Place turned into a giant outdoor blank canvass for artworks done using chalk as a medium.

Free FM marketing manager Lara Signal said the free event, part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival, would be back next year and praised the ‘‘fantastic turnout’’ of entrants.

‘‘We had a full house, it was amazing to see,’’ Ms Signal said.

‘‘One of our guest artists was Jeremy Shirley, who did an amazing piece for us. It was wonderful to see it taking shape before your eyes.’’

Shirley is the artist behind Hamilton’s brightly coloured bus shelters, a project he did in conjunction with the Hamilton City Council.

The artworks were based on the theme of friends and family, and the entrants were judged on creativity, originality, skill and use of colour.

‘‘We had a South Indian design with had some amazing symmetry,’’ Ms Signal said.

The community radio station always liked the idea of a festival of chalk art, she said.

‘‘It seems lots of other people did too and I think everyone loves that it doesn’t matter about your level of skill because you can join in regardless of age and ability.

‘‘It’s all about celebrating creativity in the area.’’

And the other great thing about the event?

‘‘The weather. It didn’t rain until about 4pm when we had finished and were having a beer in the pub,’’ Ms Signal said.
‘‘It take a really good downpour to wash all the chalk away so some of the art’s likely to still be there.’’

For more information on the Hamilton Fringe Festival, click here. 

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