David Zinn is a self-taught street artist known for his temporary street art composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects that is entirely improvised on location. His drawings have to be seen at a certain angle and most of his work have appeared on sidewalks in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan, but some have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan and construction debris in the Sonoran Desert. Besides drawing, David spent 21 years as a theatrical performer, designer, and director with the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
My sidewalk chalk drawings started out as an excuse to be outside on a nice day, but after a dozen years of positive feedback from all over the world and some undeniable feelings of personal contentment, I realize that I may have stumbled upon my true calling. Creating temporary street art in public places has helped me find my artistic voice, connected me with people far from my front door, and given me a cause to fight for: more art in more places to make more people more cheerful.