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Chalk the Walk Fun in Mt. Vernon
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (CBS 2/Fox 28) -- People turned out this weekend to see the work of more than 300 artists using a downtown Mt. Vernon street as a canvas and more than a half-ton of chalk and celebrate a unique zip code.
This year's large collaborative piece of art is a 20' by 40' recreation of an original piece of art from Chalk the Walk veteran Tyler Roos. Roos won the spot by submitting a version of his piece "Concerto" for inclusion in an artwork contest offered by the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (MVAAC).
The contest was created to call attention to Mount Vernon's upcoming Zip Code Day, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the small town's zip code, 52314. The City of Mount Vernon will experience a rare occurrence on 5/23/14, when the calendar date will match the city's zip code 52314.
As the award-winner of his Zip Code Day-themed piece, Roos will receive $200 and the chance to see "Concerto" recreated in large-scale in the center of the festival.
Chalk the Walk is based on an original art form that began in Italy in the 16th century. Called Madonnari, this form of public art was originally done by street artists hoping to collect coins from passersby. Images back then were based on religious themes, and as the Madonna was a popular subject, the artists became known as the "Madonnari."