New Brunswick

Sidewalk art in Sackville draws people's attention

A sidewalk art piece at the corner of Weldon and Bridge Streets in Sackville has been drawing the attention of passersby.

Chalkmaster Dave is known for his 3D sidewalk art and has left a mark on many Canadian communities

An interactive three-dimensional piece of art in Sackville has been drawing the attention of passersby. 0:51

An interactive three-dimensional piece of art in Sackville has been drawing the attention of passersby.

The piece, on the sidewalk at the corner of Weldon and Bridge, looks like a big brown circle when viewed with bare eyes. 

Once you take a picture, however, it becomes three-dimensional and resembles a giant abyss.

"It really looks like you're staring into a bottomless pit," said Sackville resident Matt Durnnian. "You're going to fall off the cliff basically."

It is a little of an illusion.- Sam Bliss, Sackville resident

"It is a little of an illusion," said Sackville's Sam Bliss. "It's hard to notice exactly what it is unless it's at the right angle."

The artist, David Johnston, a.k.a. Chalkmaster Dave, is known for his three-dimensional sidewalk art and has left a mark on many Canadian communities.

David Johnston has been doing sidewalk art for the past 25 years in many Canadian cities. (David Johnston/Twitter)
Johnston said getting to witness people's reactions is one of his favourite parts about creating public works of art.

"It's what I call the OMG factor," said Johnston. "They look at it. And to the naked eye it doesn't look too 3D. They go 'Oh I get it, that looks cool.'

"But then when you take the picture for them of them with it, and they look immersed in the art, then they do the whole OMG thing."

Johnston was commissioned by the Town of Sackville to draw the art for the Sackville Fall Fair. The town said it is hoping to get more people to come to the downtown core, and into the shops and restaurants. 

It took Johnson about five hours to draw the piece.

"You get people from all walks of life. They all come together and have a little bit of fun with art. And I think that's kind of neat," he said.

The art piece will be there for at least a few more weeks, until it eventually wears off.