The AxleArt Haiku Roadsign Project:
We found a charming old roadside sign in need of a new purpose (see photo below). Earlier in its life this sign advertised the coldest beer in town and then the hottest chile in the Española valley. But not everything that is cool is in the fridge and not all things hot are edible. Our hot new cool project is to buy the sign and curate a series of Haiku Poetry. We will present 2 new poems (one on each side of the sign) each week for four months during the summer of 2011. Automobile passengers, bike riders, and pedestrians will enjoy poetry in consistently unexpected places throughout Santa Fe. 2 poems x 16 weeks = 32 poems, liberated from the page and set free to infiltrate the consciousness of the people: ¡Que Viva La Poesia!
We’ll put out a call for submissions throughout the state of NM (free to submit!) and invite well-respected local Haiku Poets as well.
Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe will jury the entries. We’ll take professional photos of each poem on the sign and at the end we’ll publish a beautiful book of the poems, photos, and an essay about the project. We’ll also put the photos and poems up on a special bloglike section of our website to share it all with the wide world. We encourage and expect interactivity both in our local community and in our world wide virtual community. From the website we hope to expand the sense of community created by the haiku emblazoned road sign. We will encourage artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers to respond on our website.
See our website for information on this project and other exciting shows we have produced in the past year: www.axleart.com
Official Axle Contemporary Commemorative Buttons
AxleArt Haiku Project t-shirt
The charming old roadside sign
Axle Contemporary mobile gallery at the Cathedral in Santa Fe
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