Chalk Circle Change is an interactive art project whose premise is to circle litter using sidewalk chalk, calling attention to it and acting as a leverage point to engage the community to pick it up. Circling what’s left behind leaves an impression that will make people think twice about their next move towards a trashcan or recycling bin. All it takes is a piece of chalk, the ability to draw a simple circle, and a bit of time to make a huge difference for the environment. Our goal is to circle as many pieces of litter as possible to effect social change. Let’s make the invisible, visible and bring the focus back down to earth.
It was started in the Big Apple by a small circle of friends taking a game design class at the School of Visual Arts. They co-created a new game complete with a set of rules, a point system, and then got the local community to play. After chalking a couple of blocks with more then 20 people, the scores were tallied and a winner was crowned. The circles, however, still remained. People who witnessed the frantic gameplay wanted to learn more about what just happened and why. And some people had even picked up the litter that had been circled. The students had succeeded in making the invisible, visible.
Host your own game of Chalk Circle Change in your area.
Be a part of our growing circle (tag @chalkcirclechange on Instagram) and join the chalking movement, all while making our planet a cleaner place to live.