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Making connections with constitutional chalk art

July 21, 2011 by Kathleen Maher


Earlier this month, the National Constitution Center invited Philadelphia street artist Rob Krauss, known as Spray, to create a chalk mural on the sidewalk along 6th street.With Revolutionary War soldiers encamped on the Center's  Front Lawn and a Civil War encampmente across the street at Franklin Square as part of the Civil War Road Show, we thought it would be fun to connect the two events through a chalk mural time line.

The Chalk Mural depicts important events between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the election of President Abraham Lincoln. See the mural and listen to what artist Spray had to say about his design.

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You can see more pictures of the mural here. Robert Benjamin Krauss, known as Spray, is an American contemporary artist, political activist and fine arts educator who emerged from the Philadelphia street art scene. Learn more about Spray on his website,

If you would like to see Spray in action, visit the National Constitution Center for our Constitution Day Celebration, on September 16, 2011, where he will be creating a chalk mural of the Constitution on the front walkway.

Interview and video editing by Gus Graves. Photos courtesy of William Murphy. Kathleen Maher is a Program Developer for the National Constitution Center, where she develops the Center's audio tours and student guides, along with a variety of other fun programming.

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