It’s a bit mysterious — walking around on the sidewalks of any town and you are liable to come across various crude images and hopscotch grids chalked upon the sidewalk. I found this one about a week ago on a Hampshire St. sidewalk:
What is this intended to represent? There appears to be a pentagram on the figure’s chest; perhaps some comic-book superhero?
The odd thing is that I have never come across kids playing hopscotch in Quincy; when do they do it, and if they don’t, why did they bother chalking such patterns on the sidewalk?
In one of Stephen King’s novels there is a sidewalk-chalk motif — they had some sort of evil significance.
Sidewalk chalk drawings are like Navaho sand paintings and Tibetan butter sculptures — evanescent works of folk art which aren’t intended to endure for very long. A good hard rain and the sidewalks are pristine again.