Secret Poems Of Boston: Raining Poetry Project

 What are the secret poems of Boston?

If you ever find yourself walking the streets of Boston on a rainy day, be sure to look down at your feet because you might just find the secret poems of Boston beneath them. Something beautiful and inspiring appears right before your eyes in the form of poetry.

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A joint collaboration between Mass Poetry and the City of Boston is appropriately called the “Raining Poetry Project.” The project began in  2016 during Poetry Month and continues to grow and inspire people around the city.

Poetry: A 6 x 9 Blank Diary for Poems

How it works

Water propelling spray is used to stencil poetry onto sidewalks throughout the city. The stencils are created by local artists and applied by the city’s Mural Crew.  Once applied, the poems disappear and only reveal themselves when wet, producing a beautiful poem on a rainy day. The spray is bio-degradable and generally lasts for 6-8 weeks. It’s a non-destructive way for public art to be displayed.

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The Future

The project continues to grow within the city of Boston and other cities such as Sudbury, Ontario in Canada.   Poems will be written in languages representing the different cultures within the communities, further building a multicultural foundation within the project.

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Would you like to see this happen in your city?

For more information on the initiative please visit them at masspoetry.org

Donate now to the project or purchase our Raining Poetry Guide for tips on how to bring this project to your own organization or community.

Would you like to see the secret poems of Boston become the secret poems of your city? What do you think of the idea? Share your comments below and please, if you enjoyed the post share.

 

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Great Stalacpipe Organ: Haunting Sounds From Middle Earth

The Great Stalacpipe Organ is located in Luray Caverns in Virginia, USA.  It’s operated by a custom console that produces electric impulses.  The impulses are sent to small rubber mallets that tap ancient stalactites of varying sizes.

The organ was designed and built in 1956 taking Leland W. Sprinkle a little over three years to complete.

Great Stalacpipe Organ

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Photo by Jon Callas

From concept to construction

The original design of the organ/console had many features including a pedal which provided “Harmonics, Reverb and Solo.” But, these features were removed in favor of amplifying every note at a constant level instead. Furthur to the audio, it was simplified for aesthetics.

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Photo by Jon Callas
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ took over three years to complete.  Sprinkle would find and shave down appropriate stalactites to produce the notes.  37 stalactites spanning 3.5 acres were then wired to rubbers mallets and attached  to the appropriate keys of the organ.

The hounting sounds are heard throughout the 64 acre cave system.  However, when open to the public, the use of loud speakers is used to enhance the overall sound experience.

 

great stalacpipe organ
Photo by Jon Callas

Step inside these beautiful and historic cavern system with this amazing 4k video tour of the cave by TRIUMPHRAINBOW on Youtube.

The result is hauntingly beautiful and can be heard below.

Conclusion

Finally, lets briefly talk about legacy. In 1956, Leland W. Sprinkle took someting  creative and brought it to life.  Not only was it a musical masterpiece built for the world to experience and talk about, he left a sustaining intrument to inspire new ideas for generations.  If you enjoyed the post, please share it and subscribe for updates.  I really enjoyed writing this post. Creating music in unique ways is the ultimate creative experience.

 

 

 

What China’s Forest City Can Teach The World About Sustainability 

China’s Forest City

The construction of China’s first forest city has broken ground and is due for completion in 2020. This urban and sustainable environment is the first of its kind in the world.  The city supports a population of 30,000 people, and will have the support of two schools, a hospital, offices, housing and even hotels that will be covered entirely in plants and trees. In fact, Liuzhou Forest City will have 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants with over 100 different species.

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Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

Italian architecture agency committed to building sustainability.

This creative vision for the sustainable city is by Stefano Boeri Architetti, an Italian architecture firm that focuses on urban sustainability. The company has committed to building the first green city in the world- a city that will defend against pollution and encourage bio diversity.

This is not the first time Stefano Boeri Architetti has drawn attention for such innovative ideas. The firm is responsible for the Vertical Forest build in Milan. The architecture is now being implemented in other parts of China and Asia.

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China is changing the way it looks at pollution.

China’s forest city was commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning and will be built to the north of Liuzhou, in the mountainous area of Guangxi. The forested city will cover 175 hectares and will get it’s water source from the Liujiang River.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

The city will absorb 57 tons of pollutants and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year.

This out of the box thinking will yield some impressive numbers.  Particularily, for a country that has poor air quality. The city will absorb 57 tons of pollutants and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year. This will help in decreasing the areas overall average air temperature and create sound barriers. The canopy of growth will insulate the city from the heat and from the cold. Thus, creating a strong and biodiverse ecosystem for birds, small animals, insects, and flora

Key Facts

  • Support 30,000 people

  • Absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 per year

  • Absorb 57 tons of pollutants per year

  • produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

  • Liuzhou Forest City will host in total 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants of over 100 species.

    China’s forest city will utilize renewable resources.

Liuzhou Forest City will be wired for power and it will have fast electric rail and infrastructure for electric cars for clean transportation. The urban oasis will be self-sufficientnt with solar panels on roofs and use geothermal energy for internal air conditioning.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

China’s Forest City won’t be Asia’s largest city.

China’s Forest City won’t be Asia’s largest city. However, it will be the greenest and most sustainable on the continent and the entire world. It’s a step in the right direction, in one if the world’s most polluted countries.  Perhaps the world will take notice of this creative idea in sustainability.  Maybe the world will be motivated to follow in the footsteps of China’s forest city.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Real Enchanted Forests to Inspire Creativity

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There is nothing more grounding than being in the forest. I’m going to share with you some real enchanted forests that you should visit. We have all imagined amazing places from the dark fairy tales we were told about as children. There is something instinctual and primal about being in the forest.  It’s a place where creativity begins. There an underlying energy that every human can understand: The connection to nature. We are all part of an interconnected ecosystem, though urbanized populations have long forgotten it. When in the forest, it’s an energizing feeling.  A place to reset your day, week, or even year.

I talked about he benefits of traveling on creativity previously.  It can literally change you. When was the last time you traveled?  When was the last time you visited the forest? Here are some real enchanted forests to check out:

Wistman’s Wood

Real Enchanted Forests

Wistman’s Wood has been mentioned in writing for hundreds of years. It is likely a left-over from the ancient forest that covered much of Dartmoor c. 7000 BC, before Mesolithic hunter/gatherers cleared it after around 5000 BC.  Wistman’s Wood is one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England. The wood has been the inspiration for numerous artists, poets, photographers and appears in hundreds of nineteenth century accounts. One tradition holds that it was planted by Isabella de Fortibus (1237-93). The wood is described in detail and discussed as a point of great interest in The Tree, a 1978 essay on naturalism by English novelist John Fowles. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

 

The Crooked Forest

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The Crooked Forest , is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland. This grove of approximately 100 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. Each pine tree bends sharply to the North just above ground level, then curves back upright after a sideways excursion of three to nine feet (1–3 m). It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. It has been speculated that the trees may have been deformed to create naturally curved timber for use in furniture or boat building. Others surmise that a snowstorm could have knocked the trees like this, but to date nobody knows what really happened to these pine trees. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

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Caddo Lake

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According to Caddo legend, the lake was formed by the 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes. There may be some truth to the legend, as Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee was formed by that earthquake. Most geologists feel the lake was formed, either gradually or catastrophically, by the “Great Raft“, a 100-mile (160-km) log jam on the Red River in Louisiana, possibly by flooding the existing low-lying basin.

Caddo Lake has been utilized by Native Americans for thousands of years, but substantial commercial development would only begin with invention of the steamboat and US annexation of Louisiana and Texas by treaty (Texas is the only State in the United States to have joined by treaty instead of annexation) in the 19th century. The cities of Port Caddo, Swanson’s Landing, and Jefferson in Texas, and Mooringsport in Louisiana, had thriving riverboat ports on the lake. Gradually as the log jams were removed in the lake and the Red River, the lake changed shape and eventually fell over ten feet, destroying the East Texas ports and their riverboat industry. Since 1965 Texas’s Caddo Lake has had hundreds of alleged Bigfoot sightings according to the North American Wood Ape Conservancy (NAWAC), as reported in the Travel Channel 2006 documentary Bigfoot. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

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Ancient Beech Forests of Germany is a transnational composite nature site. The Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians include ten separate massifs located along the 185 km (115 mi) long axis from the Rakhiv mountains and Chornohora ridge in Ukraine over the Poloniny Ridge (Slovakia) to the Vihorlat Mountains in Slovakia. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany include five locations in various parts of Germany.

Most of the Slovak components of the World Heritage site are situated in the Poloniny National Park in the easternmost and also the least populated part of the country. The National Park was created on 1 October 1997. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Hallerbos

real enchanted forests

The Hallerbos is a forest in Belgium, covering an area of 552 ha (1,360 acres). It is mostly situated in the municipality of Halle, in Flemish Brabant and has also a little part in Walloon Brabant. The forest is known in the region for its bluebell carpet which covers the forest floor for a few weeks each spring, attracting many visitors. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Conclusion

These breathtaking forests not only inspire creativity, they reconnect you with nature. Do you have any favorite places that inspire you? Have you ever visited one of these real enchanted forests? Share in the comments section below. If you found this post inspiring or helpful, please share it on your social media and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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