Saturday, 20 November 2010

Poetry & Barns!

I definately am a firm believer in giving poetry a physical space in our busy modern world. I always though of urban areas first, but why not the countryside?

"Bill Dunlap is doing a series of murals on barns across Maryland. Each mural will be a text and image piece featuring poetry. The project is organized by the University of Maryland Art Gallery in College Park, and is called "Poetic Aesthetic in Rural Maryland".
He just completed the first mural on a barn near Gaithersburg, MD. The painting is 10 ft tall and about 43 ft long. He used the poem "Lost" by David Wagoner."

I think it would be wonderfull if we allowed visual art and poetry in to our everyday life without so much public outcry and repercussions. It has the potential to inspire us, to amuse and amaze us. I never quite understood people who perceive forms of street art so negatively, as a threat, as an insult. They are after all, a statement to the human imagination which is powerfull and rich and has the power to transfor something drab and dull into a point of reflection and learning. It has the power to brighten up and soften our existence. Poetry has so much to offer, and yet it is an art so often misperceived as "elitist" and overlooked. This does not need to be the case. We can fight to introduce poems into any human environment. Not as a tool for success or direct enhancement, but simply for the pleasure of cultivating in us that which makes us human.

found via the lovely My Love For You Is A Stampede Of Horses blog

1 comment:

  1. I think that a big part of the problem is that many people equate all street-art/graffiti-art with tagging. Or, rather, they do not differentiate between the two. There is very definitely a graffiti=graffiti=graffiti attitude, and until/unless that is overcome, I think that the problem will continue, sadly.