Each year Chalk the Block is host to local, national and international temporary art installations, live chalk artists, dancers and performers. Art can be perceived as something that is only viewed in a setting where interaction is not necessarily encouraged. At CTB attendees are engaged all the senses are potentially triggered simultaneously. From large scale to small scale, all CTB art experiences are sure to leave a mark.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition
CTB’s sidewalk chalk art competition is the reason why we exist.
The competition has gone from 12 chalk artists in 2008 to 50+ artists in 2017. The competition is divided into the following categories:

Student Artists
Emerging Artists
Showcase Artists

For more info click here.


Wish Tree: Yoko Ono – New York based Tokyo artist

Wish Tree is an ongoing interactive art project where visitors are invited to tie wishes on trees. After the festival, all the wishes that were collected will be sent to the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. Imagine Peace Tower is composed of a tall shimmering tower of light that appears every year and is visible from October 9th (John’s birthday) untilDecember 8th (the anniversary of his death).

 Life Cube: Scott Cohen – New York

The Life Cube Project creates large-scale, engaging, interactive and ephemeral installations connecting art and community, and inspiring the expression of goals, dreams, wishes and aspirations. The project encourages participants to look at their past, engage in the present and set goals for the future.  Over the past five years in multiple venues, the Life Cube has inspired over a hundred thousand people through aesthetic, interactive cultural installations based on the artist’s belief that “if you write down what you want to accomplish in life, the chances of attaining it are much, much higher.”

Sun Metro Bus – Art on the Move: Curated by Kalavera Culture Shop

For the festival’s 10th anniversary, Chalk the Block and Sun Metro are joining forces to create a piece of movable art. During the festival, local street artists will paint one of Sun Metro’s 35-foot buses. After the festival, the bus will be added to one of Sun Metro’s existing routes for a period. Art on the Move was a featured installation at Chalk the Block 5, and it is returning for the festival’s 10th anniversary.

Spheres of Influence: Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum – Los Angeles

Created by Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum “Spheres of Influence” in El Paso is part installation and part live performance contextualizing the condition between the city of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez at the border between Mexico and the United States. Using infrastructure data as material it will highlight the grown urban fabric and the seperation between North and South, two culturally and historically deeply connected places.


Same as the massive artificial infrastructure regulating the flow of life between the two cities, the installation itself serves as a piece of technology occupying a piece of public space to control and entertain the flow of users during the festival. During the day the installation will feature a robotic paint and surveillance system absorbing and layering data onto a series of spheres, while at night the information will be projected back on the historical context, amplifying the cultural and urban significance of the site.

Cycle Sonic: Squonk Opera – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn work with an ensemble of 10-20 artists to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging, outside the rules of mass culture, fashion or academia. Giant, animated bikers circle the audience, with backdrops of undulating flags and 20-foot legs pumping with the rhythm of sustainable power. With no carbon footprint, Cycle Sonic combines the thrill of a live concert with the world of everyday transit.


Hungry Castle, Installation: “Laser Cat”



Artist and founder of Hungry Castle of Barcelona, Dave (aka Danger) is known for combining public art and fashion with his unique creative vision. He loves the strange, the beautiful and creating larger than life projects. The Internet is his muse. Constantly searching for new ways of thinking, Dave strives to make cool stuff happen around the world.

Laser Cat is gigantic feline-shaped art installation that projects the personal projects of professional creatives through its laser-beam eyes. The art incorporates the elements of performance, stage production and art creating an out of this world experience. FEED LASER CAT!!!

Maximo Gonzalez, Installation: “Walk Among Worlds”


Originally from Argentina and now Mexican artist, Maximo Gonzalez, has participated in a total of 117 group and 39 solos exhibitions around the world. He has showcased his work “Magnificent Warning” here in El Paso at the UTEP Stanlee & Rubin Center. His works stem all the all medias using a variety materials.

“Walk Among Worlds” explores the effects of light and lightness, looking for a cultural reflection on political division of the world. The installation, originally composed of 7,000 units that represent the 7,000 millions of inhabitants of the planet, is entirely made of inflatable balls.

Alice Farley Dance Theatre, Performances: “Imaginarium”


Alice Farley Dance Theatre is a New York based company that creates theatre of gesture transformation for both indoor and outdoor settings. Alice Farley des this through costuming, illusion, puppetry, stilts and circus skills. They have performed all over the world including Bangkok, Singapore, Quebec and Toronto.

Alice Farley Dance Theatre brings “Imaginarium” to CTB and will engage attendees with a variety of original characters and will make them feel like they have been transported to a magical world of fantasy.

Los Dos, Installation: “Stargazer”

STARGAZER is a unique piece commissioned by the Museums & Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) specifically for Chalk the Block 8. The piece will be a large-scale 16 –18 foot inflatable installation that is currently being manufactured by the makers of the Macy’s parade inflatables. The picture above is an example of the series of characters created by Los Dos. STARGAZER will take similar form but you have to be present to see the piece in full effect.

American Institute of Architects, Installation

AIA Pavilion is a concept initiated by the El Paso Chapter of the American Institute of Artists designed by EPCC and Texas Tech School of Architecture students. A weaving element of the piece will call for attendee participation. When completed it will create a visually appealing appealing experience both in the daytime and evening hours. Experience it for yourself.