It wasn’t the children ooh-ing and ah-ing at last weekend’s Arts Alive Chalk Festival; it was grown ups! On April 29 & 30, I returned to the small festival’s asphalt to create a special composition in honor of the visionary, Jim Henson. The composition featured Jim Henson, Frank Oz, fellow puppeteer, and the sentimentalSesame Street characters, Bert and Ernie.
As I worked through each figure, I heard countless “awe… It’s Bert and Ernie” from adults meandering throughthefestival. Once they were standing atmy square, many leaned down and tenderly asked their youngsters- “Do you know who that is?” “No” answered a majority of children. “It’s Bert and Ernie” they’d say. “You know, the ones who sing the ‘rubber ducky’ song…”. (Sadly, not much luck jogging their young memories.)
As one multi-generational family approached my square, they actually began to sing the rubber ducky song!
It was a true delight working on such a sentimental image. And, although the chalk art is temporary, the joyful memories those attendees and I share for Sesame Street’s infamous creator will live on forever.