Ann Arbor Street Artist: 'If you stare at it long enough, is going to show you what it wants to be'

Ann Arbor Street Artist: 'If you stare at it long enough, is going to show you what it wants to be'



all right well every Friday 7 Action News is in your neighborhood and tonight we are live at the end Arbor Art Festival our Dave Llewellyn is in the middle of all the amazing artists food and excitement so much to do out there Dave really Carolyn that is exactly the case that's a hot day we've talked about it for days leading up to this right that a few showers here but look at all the people thousands here and the art as well a thousand artists with their tents their vending stations are lining Main Street 30 blocks in all in the city of Ann Arbor for this the country's largest Art Fair the Ann Arbor Art Fair the 60th year now some of these artists and you'll you'll see some of the work I mean it's colorful it's beautiful it's all different types of media but there is one artist one of Ann Arbor's favorite artists who isn't shown this way his work is shown on streets and on sidewalks it's temporary it's unnecessary and it's beautiful and it's fun and it's creative and goofy it's on the streets where David's in is leaving his own bar the sidewalk as it turns out is not a blank canvas this will be seen by people who were not trying to see art today Zen uses chalk charcoal and found objects creating animals with a 3d illusion on a flat surface most of his art is about the size of an iPad and easy to miss and it disappears with one rainfall or snowstorm very serendipitous to find it I've drawn more than a thousand things on the sidewalk and there's no way they would all fit in my house so it's all for the best that they washed away Zinn grew up in Ann Arbor attended the University of Michigan and continues to call the city home his career began as a commercial artist when I started drawing on sidewalks it was a shameless procrastination when it was really just my inner child saying I don't want to be inside let's go play Xin doesn't plan his art it happens organically for our camera Xin went to work drawing his most famous character Sluggo there's always a piece of gum that someone dropped or a crack in the sidewalk or a weed growing out of the sidewalk that if you stir at it long enough is going to show you what it wants to be and then you just make it happen he has three permanent pieces on display in downtown Ann Arbor the Flying Pig nestled in the wall the aquarium wrapped around this electrical box and the biggest a Gene Kelly replica if you stand in the right spot you can see how his found object was the lamppost and it's interactive while we were out walking around and Arbor twigs in we ran into fans at every turn surprised to finally meet this mystery artist Davidson is part of what makes Ann Arbor special to me those in does most of us are in and around an arbor he has been commissioned to create works of his art in Taiwan Sweden France and Germany sidewalk there looks exactly like the sidewalk here Ann Arbor is fortunate to have such an icon sharing his passion to create right here in town the best reason to make art is to inspire other people to want to make up I'm very happy that people are happy that I'm here and people are happy and people are happy to be here once again the Ann Arbor Art Fair a little breeze actually making things cool down just a little bit colorful talented artists are here throughout the rest of the weekend Saturday Sunday as well if this is your thing this is where you want to be now coming up tonight at 11 from here in Ann Arbor as well we'll take you to one of the hotspots when it comes to restaurants here in town blimpy burgers it's an aunt Arbor staple we'll tell you all about that tonight at 11:00 for now we are live in Ann Arbor at the 60th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair we'll send it back to you Carolyn stuff you haven't had a blimpy burger yet I haven't no but I want whatever we'll have to check out the more of Zins work yeah pretty impressive very creative right Dave thank you

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