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Street art, Manhattan, June 2010. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version.
Adam Lee is an atheist writer and speaker living in New York City. His first novel, Dark Heart, is available in paperback and e-book. Read his full bio, or follow him on Twitter.
Just a little backstory for this photo: A few weeks back, some friends and I went out to dinner in downtown Manhattan, and there was a fellow who was drawing this in chalk on the ground in Union Square. When we passed him on the way into the restaurant, he had just started. When we left a while later, he was still working on it, and it had gotten a lot bigger. I dropped a few dollars into his tip jar in exchange for the photo, so rest assured that he was compensated for his time. :)
It looks a bit like a Mandelbrot pattern or something. Nice art.
Yeah, that tickles the eyes.
That is a colour explosion. I love it. That brightened my day.
That’s great. Too bad stuff like that washes away in the rain eventually. At least you have a longer lasting record of this one.
My family and I visited Manhattan until July 22, although we never went to Union Square. It sounds like we would have just missed this, even if we had gone by that location. If we had seen it, my wife almost certainly would have taken a picture, also.
Maybe I’m just hypersensitive, but the first thing that jumps out to me is the Star of David backdrop, even though it really isn’t the major point of the work. Thank you for the picture.
Shawn: I think over-sensitive. Beautiful chalk work. I think it is reminiscent of flowers, and many interpretive flowers have odd triangular leaf outlines, and besides, a six-pointed star is fairly a standard geometric shape. I don’t think “Satanists” whenever I see a five pointed star, nor “Xian” anytime I see a drawn t/grid/pointer/target/etc.
Probably wasn’t intended to allude to Judaism, but even if it was, that doesn’t stop it from being pretty. I like Wagner’s operas as well.
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