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Teen creates chalk drawing of the Christus


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PROVO -- A Provo teen has taken chalk drawings to a whole new level.

McKaylee Bronson, 16, and her friend Taylon spent almost two days creating a chalk art version of the Christus on the driveway of her home.

It started when her friends got her interested in entering an International Art Competition at the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I've seen the Christus at Temple Square and it's really inspiring," she said. "So we got pictures of it. I did sketches of it. I put it on a transparent sheet. I wasn't really sure how I would get it onto the driveway."

She contacted a friend for help, and they started with the outline.

"We started with the box. Then we worked on the body and we filled it in with white. Then we got gray and did all the shading," she explained.

McKaylee says it was definitely a two-person project. One person had to stand at the far end of the drawing directing the other to get the correct proportions for the top of the sketch. She says she loves working with chalk because it's "very forgivable."

"Every single smudge was deliberate and was probably changed at least once to get it exactly right," she said.

She says her biggest motivator was using the project to share her religious beliefs. Once the drawing was completed, she added a verse at the bottom from the hymn "I Believe in Christ."

"We couldn't do it by ourselves," she said. "This is beyond either one of our abilities, I think. We had definite help."

McKaylee used tarps to protect the project from the weather and lawn sprinklers. She knows the chalk work is not permanent, but says that's OK.

"There's something really beautiful about how temporary it is and how easily destroyed it is. It's only here for a short time. We can only see the real beauty of it for a short time," she explained.

This is her biggest but not her only driveway chalk art project. She's also done a scene from the movie "Tangled" and a verse from the Bible.

Friends and family are impressed. And McKaylee said, "We thought, this is the coolest thing we've ever done. And I still think that."

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Linda Williams

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