I went to Broadway this past Saturday with my wife, Dawn, my son, Chris and some of my friends from Alpha Omega Players our local community theater. We were in town to see the revival of Godspell in the intimate Circle in the Square Theater. What a fantastic production!
We got into town a few hours early and were on our own checking out some of the stores and walking to Central Park, when my friend Missie, texted me a photo of what appeared to be an italian street painter. I knew I had to go check it out, but when I got there I was amazed, not just by the amazing art, but by the medium. You see when I got close I realized it wasn’t the usual chalk art. Instead the artist was working with colored sand gently and carefully poured from his fist onto the concrete. The work was astounding.
It turns out it was the work of Joe Mangrum. His technique is reminiscent of the sand mandalas often attributed to Buddhist Monks, yet the style he used that day and subject matter was quite different.
Check out the video and let me know what you think.