Not just your everyday sidewalk

Date ideasInspiration
October 8, 2008

Let me introduce Marcus Young, St. Paul’s official artist-in-residence.  His latest project could be coming to a sidewalk near you.  His idea was to take local artists’ poems and imprint them into sidewalks that were being redone.  How is this possible?  Well, basically you need to create a giant stamp that gets imprinted into the concrete as it dries.  Pretty ingenious, huh and very under budget!  A great combo.  St. Paul announced a poetry contest last March calling for entries for this project.  The hope was for 300, over 2000 came pouring in.  The 7 person committee, including St. Paul’s Poet Laureate Carol Connolly narrowed it down to the top 20.  These poems should be available to see for the next two decades (assuming normal depreciation schedules).  Check out this website to see the poems and their new locations!  Sounds like a fun, cheap date for a nice fall day!

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