Old City chalk art connects nation’s freedom to the Civil War

    Chalk and hair spray are building up on Sixth Street in Old City.

    Somewhere in the cloud of sticky color is Rob Krauss. Also known as “Spray,” Krauss has been commissioned by the National Constitution Center to show the connection between the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Civil War.

    Krauss’ day will be spent sketching a colorful timeline between the two major events, spanning about 130 ft. of sidewalk between the NCC’s exit and the entrance to Franklin Square, where Civil War re-enactors are gathering.

    You might have seen Krauss’ work before, and chances are you’ll be seeing more. The Constitution High School art teacher is among the many laid off from the School District of Philadelphia. He’ll be using the unemployment downtime to focus on his artwork.

    Check back later, because Peter Crimmins will have details on the Civic War event at the square.

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