Sunday, August 7, 2011

1000 Poems

There's a lot going on around here at the moment and my mind has been spinning with ideas as well... I've had this post on file for a while now, but lately, I've found I keep having a peek at the photos. They are so calming. This is like a fairytale garden to me :) 

1000 Poems by Mail is an installation by Luzinterruptus, guerilla lighting artists extraordinaire. They filled one thousand envelopes with poems written by 17 poets and hung them from the leaves of the garden at the Madrid Poetry Festival venue last year.

On the last night of the festival, one hundred visitors were offered the chance to have a poem sent to their loved one with the light inside.

One of the things I really love about this installation is its aim to highlight days past when special words were sent by post.  

I have a computer-phobic friend in London with whom I correspond. We put together tomes of clippings and photos and pages and pages of news in our letters. We also take care to comment of every single inclusion in our replies... it's quite a task and takes forever. 

I only manage to send 3 or 4 letters a year but I love doing it :) Do you get many letters these days? Do you write letters?

In case you don't already know, the
 Queensland Poetry Festival is on 26 - 28 August.



Luna said...

That is beautiful Kylie - I love both the concept and the presentation. Lovely. I correspond with an elderly lady by snail mail. Usually only twice a year but it is really satisfying once I sit down to task!

Tania said...

Real-letter-sending is like poetry in postal motion. I dig the computer-phobe.

ArtMind said...

I love snail mail!
The concept of the envelopes is stunning & I wish I could see it in real life. Simple, fragile and whimsical! Thanks for sharing the pics, Kylie! Love!

The above fore-mentioned. said...

Love it Kylie! I hadn't seen this installation - it is wonderful. Sadly I don't have a pen friend, but I will be at the Qld Poetry Festival, might see you there!

Alisa said...

To receive a hand written letter is like christmas. And taking the time to slow down and write one feels so very lush. Gorgeous post Kylie! :-)

blue sky butterfly studio said...

How I would love to see this, is looks beautiful, and oh how romantic. I bought a raely beautiful poetic book (count me the stars by Kylie Johnson) it arrived by post yesterday all the way from Australia,and I can't stop myself reading it. I don't want it to end.

Also wanted to say, your cushions are great! Your always beavering away, love to see what you are up too x