Playful Street Art: Quirky Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor

Since 2001, artist and illustrator David Zinn has stalked the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, creating temporary illustrations with chalk and charcoal. These playful street art cleverly interact with found objects and the surrounding environment, such as sidewalk cracks, bricks walls, street lamps, and flower petals, adding a delightful sense of 3D to the lively illustrations.

Take a look at Zinn’s previous work we featured on site.

Playful Street Art: Quirky Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor
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Creative Street Art by Roadsworth: a Poet of Roads

Born Peter Gibson, the street artist chose his nickname “Roadsworth” as he states, “Where Wordsworth is a poet of words, Roadsworth is a poet of roads.” Roadsworth began painting the streets of Montreal in the fall of 2001. Initially motivated by a desire for more bike paths in the city and a questioning of “car culture” in general. The artist has cleverly modified roads, sidewalks, parking lots and any other publicly visible asphalt surface he can transform with paint. In the fall of 2004, Roadsworth was arrested for his nocturnal activities and charged with 53 counts of mischief. Luckily, due to strong public support, Roadsworth was released. If you want to learn more about his work, take a look at his website.

Creative Street Art by Roadsworth: a Poet of Roads
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Optical Illusion: Fascinating 3D Art by Nikolaj Arndt

As a big fan of “Optical Illusion Drawing“, there are many genius 3D artists have been featured on our site. And our today’s start is Nikolaj Arndt, a Russian-born artist, who created fascinating 3D art indoor and outdoor. Using chalk and pigment, he brings his creative ideas to life, whether that means creating gaping holes with a happy panda family enjoying their delicious bamboo. When viewed from the correct perspective, these images just pop out of the ground and become something truly amazing! Let’s sit back and watch those masterpieces.

Optical Illusion: Fascinating 3D Art by Nikolaj Arndt

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Sluggo on the Street: Sweet Little Chalk Art by David Zinn

If you happen to live in Ann Arbor, you probably already be familiar with “Sluggo” the slug-like little alien created by David Zinn. The benevolent little green fellow has been appearing on sidewalks, walls and ledges since 2008, originally as a chalk drawing of a child that took a strange turn. Taking advantage of existing landscape features such as cracks in the sidewalk and lines on the road, Zinn makes his chalk cartoon character come to life – cleaning up leaves, interacting with nature and trying to lend a helping hand to those around him. Sluggo even has own Tumblr blog called Sluggo on the Street. Take a look and you will fall in love with it. [source]

Sluggo on the Street: Sweet Little Chalk Art by David Zinn
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