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