Boys & Girls Club to host world-famous chalk artists

On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster will hold its Sixth Annual Central MA Science Festival at the clubhouse, 365 Lindell Ave., Leominster.

This year’s festival will feature a 3D street painting illusion that will make the pavement appear to dip inward and objects project outward. Attendees will be allowed to step onto the 3D illusion for photo opportunities or try their own pavement chalk art skills, using supplied chalk.

“Megalodon Shark” in Venice, Florida, a Guinness World Record designed by Kurt Wenner, and created by Julie Kirk-Purcell with a team of 30 volunteers.

The unique chalk project will be led by internationally renowned innovator of the 3D pavement art form, Kurt Wenner of Italy, and 3D pavement artist Julie Kirk-Purcell of California. During their visit here, the celebrated artists will create the 3D art piece with a group of Boys and Girls Club members, and local high school students. The piece will be completed at the Saturday Science Festival, which is free and open to the public.

Before the Saturday Science Festival, on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, the visiting artists will give a free, in-person presentation about their work.

Wenner and Kirk-Purcell have created 3D chalk art across the globe. During the 2014 Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, Florida, they led a team of 30 artists to set a Guinness World Record, creating the largest anamorphic pavement art piece. The now-extinct Megalodon Shark covered 22,747.6 square feet and took 10 days to complete.

The Sixth Annual Central MA Science Festival is produced in collaboration with local organizations and companies, and provides a hands-on, multifaceted exploration of STEAM that makes science accessible, interactive and fun for people of all ages. The festival includes more than 20 STEAM-related activities, demonstrations, and exhibits. Workshops entail Lego robotics, veterinary and health science, astronomy, and more. The addition of 3D chalk art provides a uniquely creative approach to using geometry, mathematics, visual perception, and the tools of perspective and illusion in art.

The Chalk Art events are made possible by a partnership with Denise Kowal, founder of the Sarasota Chalk Festival, and by corporate sponsorships from Enterprise Bank, Girouard Tool Corp., Heat Trace Products, IC Federal Credit Union, Mount Wachusett Community College, Polar Beverages, Select Engineering, Inc., and Wachusett Mountain, and generous patrons Ronald Leger Jr. CPA, Dan Asquino and Rick Hoeske.