The Sarasota Chalk Festival, an annual international street art exhibit and competition in Sarasota, Fla., closed on Nov. 7, 2011 after a week of events, and this year, latecomers were in for an unwelcome surprise. For the first time ever, Sarasota officials were spraying down the sidewalks the day after the 2011 festival, erasing the hundreds of chalk traditional, mosaic and 3D artworks created by artists from around the world.

Luckily for those who missed the event, which ran from Nov. 1-7, 2011, the Sarasota Chalk Festival had many avid fans snapping pictures of the exquisite artwork. If you didn't get a chance to see some of the world's most talented chalk artists at work, this is your chance.

The theme this year was Pavement Art Through the Ages, and artists could choose from four categories: Traditional Street Paintings, spanning subjects from the 1500s to the pre-1940s; the Grazie Di Curtatone Competition, a 24-hour contest between professional artists; 3D Pavement Art, shwocasing anamorphism or a technique used to create the illusions of depth and height; and Contemporary Pavement Art, where artists can examine the future or reflect their own culture and inspirations.

Below, watch videos and check out photos of some of the beautiful artwork produced by pavement chalk artists this year in Sarasota, Fl.

Artists prepare for the 24-hour Grazie Di Curtatone Competition.

Scenes from Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, 2011.

One of over a dozen videos documenting artists-at-work at the 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival.