Santa Barbara Soup Cans Connect A Few Disparate Dots

Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

So what does Julia Child have in common with P. Diddy? And does Yo Yo Ma possibly have something to do with Dakota Fanning? Apparently, they were all inspired by Montessori schools, those loosely affiliated educators dedicated to children’s independent discovery. Of course, the only way we even know this is from the above Montessori-inspired chalk mural riffing on Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, one of many at this weekend’s I Madonnari, Santa Barbara’s annual Italian chalk-drawing street art festival.

The drawings, which will be displayed for weeks, include plenty of still-life fruits, but few homages to scrumptious Pop like this one. The last place we expected to draw a line between Willie Nelson, Gandhi, and Sigmund Freud was from cans of soup lying on the ground, but we guess you learn something new every day, experimental education or not.