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July 07, 2010

Poem Becomes Worldwide Natural Art Installation

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Acclaimed artist Julia Foster came across Professor David Morley's poetry at a reading at Warwick Arts Centre. Following a later meeting with David at The Writers' Room in Millburn House a global poetry and art project was born in which Julia began asking friends and fellow artists to participate in linking the lines of a poem by David around the world.

The lines of the poem are from a poem called "Kings" which tells the journey of a Romani man. As Morley writes, "The poem is a fairytale: a once upon a time; the scenes are set in no country but many countries the borders of which are invisible". These words are the key to this international art project in which borders become invisible to the journey of Morley's poem and Foster's beautiful art structures.

Julia Foster used the practical form of a Romany 'patrin' to carry the poem. Patrins are markers left by Romanies to let others know of their direction. Julia created 144 patrins in the shape of sycamore leaves cast from metal.

Each of the 144 patrins is threaded with a ribbon cut from a pillowcase. Lines from the poem are printed on the ribbon. Friends have been asked to tie the Patrin along a route or pathway of their choosing and then e-mail an image and details of the location. 

As you will see from the link below, the poem has now travelled around the globe. Julia Foster has created a surprising and fresh piece of natural world art. Professor Morley's poetry is now displayed in Moscow, Kerala, Auckland, Texas, Paris, Granada, Vancouver, Vienna, Quebec, Tory Island, Tokyo, Iona, Rostock, Estland, Meppel, Mausanne, Southern Australia, Barcelona, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Szczecin, Warsaw, Iceland, Lithuania, Greece, Dublin, The Solway Firth, Bulgaria, Sicily, Epping Forest, Crete, Beirut, Italy, Washington DC, Amsterdam, New York and many other places...

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