Their senior year at Columbus College of Art & Design, an anonymous duo of artists became legendary chalkboard vandals known only as Dangerdust. Week after week, under the cover of night, they’d sneak into a building on campus, and create elaborate works of chalk art on an old chalkboard that was floating around. Once discovered, their stunning work went viral, and their “vandalism” turned into a full-time dream job.
An outlet for their creative energy, a vehicle for the art the two Advertising & Graphic Design students really wanted to make, and a means to motivate staff and other students, every piece of chalkboard art Dangerdust created in the shadows for the unsuspecting to find featured a beautiful illustration of one of their favorite quotes; quotes from people they admire – musicians, chefs, painters, designers, poets, scientists, Youtubers, etc.
The reaction to their first stealth mission was a clear indication of the impact their inspiring art would have. “When Monday morning came around, and the staff and students saw it, the response was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. No one knew who had done it, it was just a random act of art. And it felt amazing.”
Dangerdust continued to do this weekly with many of their pieces taking upwards of 10 hours to create. By the time they graduated in May 2014, their work had gone viral, reaching far beyond the parameters of CCAD. “Our project had turned into something much bigger than we had ever anticipated.”
Since graduating, Dangerdust have continued to illustrate quotes that inspire them in chalk, but now, instead of sharing their chalkboard art on campus, they share it on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
And the really big news is that they have turned their motivational pastime into a full fledged business. The dynamic duo opened an Esty shop where their work is now available for purchase as prints and cards.
Although they have yet to reveal themselves, preferring to remain an “ambiguous entity,” based on the video below, we’re pretty certain Dangerdust are two stealthy women you should know! Just a good guess, or simple wishful thinking.
Dangerdust in action
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Check out this behind the scenes video of the duo at work…