Artists and writers express their ideas in chalk on State Street
State Street has become chalk full of ideas.
As progress continues toward reopenings, the street has evolved into a pedestrian promenade and, in a burst of spontaneity, a creative avenue for expression.
To see what’s up, just look down. Chalk messages and drawings have turned what was just pavement into a canvas of emotions, advice and humor.
You’ll find a lot in just the 700 block, which is featured in the photos on this page. For example, there’s that alien waiting to beam up to a starship. Look elsewhere, and you’ll see a face sparkling with dramatic eyes, an opened mouth and the hint of a nose.
Someone else has drawn a pyramid and the Eye of Providence above it with the ominous message: “Welcome to the New World Order.”
But artists are also encouraging you to stay optimistic. Just keep walking on State Street, and “just keep smiling” — that’s the word on the street.
And if you don’t see the sun above you, just look down. It’s there in all its glory, thanks to a chalk artist.