- Projected Poetry in Kent
John Siddique's bespoke poem for the people of Canterbury
- Canterbury Festival managed to surpass itself this year, with all kinds of events all around the city. One of it's most engaging features was the construction of a Poem written specially in the weeks running up to the Festival period. Poet John Siddique and the Workers of Art commisioned us to map his work onto the ancient Westgate Towers at the of the Main Street. The work was entitled 'Poetry City'.
This structure has a long and varied past, including many very public hangings and signings of documents which forged the very shape of life in the United Kingdom.
For Poetry City - Butch Auntie, her sister Clever Projections, and Artist Marc Chazot were pleased to have the chance to use written copy more formally within an AV artwork. This literally gave the building something to say, charging the company's designers with finding the best way to display an often delicate area of literature, without disturbing the flow or meaning behind each line.
- Pete Wallace: "It was important that we used our technical skills to make the installation of this artwork as flexible as possible, so that changes could be made on site and everyone's expectations could be met. We had not used Poetry as a graphic element until now, and so we needed to make sure that we configured our software to maximise control over the separate foreground and background layers. It was thrilling to see local people's reaction and we've been humbled by the grand feedback".