Opiemme: Poetry Hanging Among Cherry Blossoms in Bologna

Like so many chinese firecrackers strung together and hanging from bus stops, street signs and cherry tree limbs, individual poems dangled overhead Bologna people as they walked through the city center on March 21st. The installations are an unsponsored freewill campaign to give away poetry on small scrolls, part of a festival called DIALOGARTI where artists and poets work together for three days on various projects to engage people with the art of words.

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Opiemme and Gruppo 77 in Bolgna, Italy (photo © Lisa Di Battista)

Opiemme’s street work is often a sort of visual poetry and this method of sharing the printed word via scrolls was first created by the Street Artist Opiemme in 2003. For 2016 the Street Artist collaborated with the Gruppo 77 poets lead by Alessandro Dall’Olio and the words and poetry of many were shared and distributed on the streets.

More about World Poetry Day here.

 

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

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Opiemme (photo © Opiemme)

 

 

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