Woodland Banners Poetry Walk is an adventure we want to launch on our land in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. I live there in the woods with artist Steven Durland, who (thanks to a previous successful Kickstarter campaign) has turned the forest into an art gallery with his Woodland Banners hanging in the trees.
Some of the banners recall the styles and techniques of famous artists, and he has named them for those artists:
I got interested in reading what these artists had to say. I found that their words were often as powerful as their images, so much so that they sounded like poetry to me. With a bit of reshaping on my part, the artists’ quotes became poems. I have created a suite of these poems to accompany Steve’s banners, using the artists’ actual words. Here's a bit of Picasso:
you have to close your eyes and sing.
Inspiration does exist, but it has to find you working.
Life’s meaning is to find your gift.
Its purpose is to give it all away.
Give me a museum and I’ll fill it....
For this project we want to raise the funds to print the poems on trail markers and post them along the banner path in our forest. Visitors will follow the path - viewing the banners and reading the poems – up the hill to Steve’s yurt studio, which he calls Bourbon, Dogs & Art (after the three things he loves best). The yurt will be wrapped a colorful new banner bearing poetry fragments.
Finally, the project will be remembered in a full-color paperback book, and a limited-edition hardcover book. The book is among the gifts we are offering those who donate to this project.
Steve and I have collaborated on a number of creative ventures, all of which have been successful and lived for decades. They include the international quarterly High Performance magazine, the 18th Street Arts Center and Highways Performance Space & Gallery in Santa Monica, the Community Arts Network on the Internet and the nonprofit arts organization Art in the Public Interest. Those projects were devoted to the work of many artists across the world. This year we’re so excited to be creating something of our own.
We only need a little help from you to realize this adventure. We so appreciate your donations. And we'd love to have you join us on the Woodland Banner Poetry Walk.
Risks and challenges
The Woodland Banners are already in place in the woods. The poems have been written. Printing the poems on trail markers and creating the book employ skills we already have and fabricators we trust. We don't see any obstacles other than funding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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