July 29, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Over 100 people lined up to help the West Bend Fire Department wash away the chalk art from the Art & Chalk Fest held over the weekend at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.
Quite a few neighbors were shocked when they saw the art was removed so quickly after the event. Artist Janet Tombros said it’s normal for chalk art to be removed. “The artists understand,” she said.
Chalk artists have compared their work to “performance art” and they’ve said they want people to experience it when it’s most brilliant and not after Mother Nature has taken its toll.
MOWA marketing director Jessica Wildes started the art wash by thanking everyone for attending the Art & Chalk Fest and for coming to help the West Bend Fire Department.
“We’d like you to save the date for next year’s Art & Chalk Fest which is always the last weekend in July,” said Wildes.
Families from Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Hartford and West Bend were in attendance to help firefighters with the cleanup.
Click HERE to find out who was voted top chalk artist at the third annual MOWA Art & Chalk Fest.