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Splash poetry installation
Joe Murphy and Jason Evans installing splash poetry.

 

Splash Poetry Installation

When is an invisible poem visible? With our splash poetry installation, the answer is in the weather: when it rains. Or when a savvy passerby spalshes the sidewalk with water.

In May, board members Joe Murphy and Jason Evans stenciled 10 haiku from our archives at select downtown spots, using a special spray paint. The paint remains clear until it gets wet; it then appears light gray.

Take a tour on a rainy day, or try spashing the poems with water. You'll find work by 10 poets: Pearl Baldwin, Ralph Long Jr., Claire Bobrycki, Molly English, Ross Getman, Kali Huff, Thea St. Omer, Tom Huff, Sara Parrott, and Bryan Wilbur.

Download a list and map of selected poems by clicking here.

After a month or two, the poems wash away. We may occasionally refresh them. Meanwhile, enjoy a video of the process by clicking here.

Stone Staircase.
2006 poster by poet Jane Cassady and artist Natalie Zuk.
 

Morningside Cultural Trails Potluck

We'll be kicking off our annual call for haiku by joining the Morningside Cultural Trails Potluck, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 by the field house at Barry Park. Bring a dish to pass and learn about this burgeoning trail system in the Westcott and University neighborhoods. We'll have material on hand for inspiring you to write haiku for the 2019 poster series. For more info, check out Morningside's. Facebook page.

Poster Exhibit at Central Library
Exhibit at Central Library
 

Traveling Exhibition

Our traveling exhibit spends August on the third floor of the Central Library, 447 S. Salina St. In addition to the framed poster prints, you can check out a large-format flat-screen display of rotating haiku from our archives. It's the new wave for poetry in public places!

Improvised drawing of Syracuse
Improvisational Illustration

See a Video of Improvisational Drawing

This improviational illustration was created in the spring of 2014 as a prelude to a portrait demonstration given by visiting artist Max Ginsberg to the Syracuse University Illustation Program.

For the prelude, Stanislas Martin-Finzo, coordinator of the SU Illustration Abroad Program in Strasbourg, France, arranged a collaborative drawing performance with the SU Jazz Band and several illustration students. Students created music and art based on elements of free jazz.

We are proud to sell a signed sketch made in preparation for the peformance by illustrators Nkiru Sewell, Monica Sofia Rexach Ortiz, Loic Urbaniak, and William Smith. Smith went on be featured in the 2016 poster series; Ortiz, in the 2017 series.

This framed work, 26 x 34 inches, is valued at $500. Inquire about buying it by emailing jim@posterproject.org.

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