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Street Poet Opiemme Honors Nobel Laureate in Poland

Posted on July 21, 2014

Italian text worker Opiemme just finished this ode to letters, words, and poetry in Gdansk, Poland for the Monumental Art Festival. A lover of the language, the muralist and public artist hopes to garner attention for the written word.

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Opiemme. Detail. Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

“I hope to spread poetry and create curiosity, to push people towards reading,” he says as he describes this new 10 story wall that is partitioned into outer space, the sky and the earth. “Like the energy of the sun, the letters radiate, transmitting in different languages knowledge, legends, and customs. They give “color” to our communications like light gives color to things.”

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Opiemme. Detail. Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

The mural is intended to honor the Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner in literature Wislawa Szymborska, and it includes a passage from his work,… Truth, do not pay me too much attention. Solemnity, be magnanimous toward me …” from Under a Certain Little Star.

The nearer the words fall to earth, the more he hopes he will capture the interest of young readers. He says the words are simply sliding down the streaming drips of colors made from pouring bottles of paints.  Using the eye candy as a seductive player, he says, the piece “is designed to attract the attention of adults and children in order to bring them closer to poetry”.

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Opiemme for Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Lukas Glowala)

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Opiemme. Detail. Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme for Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Lukas Glowala)

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Opiemme for Monumental Art. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opimemme)

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Opiemme. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme. Gdansk, Poland. July 2014. (photo © Opiemme)

 

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