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Sarasota Chalk Festival art to honor nation's heroes

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The Sarasota Chalk Art Festival will feature art that honor our nation's heroes. The Sarasota Chalk Art Festival will feature art that honor our nation's heroes.
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Artists from all over the world are hard at work in downtown Sarasota painting incredible works of art with chalk at the Sarasota Chalk Festival.

This year's theme is 'Legacy of Valor'. All of the works will depict images that honor our nation's heroes.

Many of the chalk paintings will appear three-dimensional, so when a person stands at an angle the image will look like it is popping out of the road.

People can also 'interact' with some of the works of art. At one chalk painting, show attendees can stand at an angle and it will make it appear as though they're holding hands with Martin Luther King Jr. Another painting will allow people to appear like they're riding an eagle.

Related: the Tampa Bay art scene

Artists spend an average of 36 hours on their hands and knees to the create the works of art.

Organizer Denise Kowal says the Chalk Festival artists volunteer their time and money to come to Sarasota. Typically, many of these artists charge tens of thousands of dollars for their work. Donations to the artists will  be accepted.

The Chalk Festival runs until Nov. 18. It will be held on Pineapple Avenue in downtown Sarasota's Historic Burns Court.

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