Poetry in the Built Environment

19th February 2008 19:00
German Gymnasium
26 Pancras Rd, N1C 4TB
An event that explored the use of text-based art on architecture and the public realm.

In February 2008, Poet in the City launched their Poetry in the Built Environment initiative which also provided inspiration of the innovative use of poetry as part of the re-development of Kings Cross.

It was held in the magnificent German Gymnasium, which is located within the rapidly evolving King's Cross area in central London. There was a lively discussion about the potential of text-based art to enliven people's appreciation of poetry and also an exploration of the exciting installations which have already been created around the country. The specific aspirations of the poets, visual artists and designers for a new poetic landscape at King's Cross itself were also touched upon.

Speakers included Aidan Andrew Dun, a visionary poet whose work celebrates the many poetic connections of the King's Cross area; Sue Hubbard, poet and art critic, whose commissions have included poetry in the tunnels leading to the IMAX on London's South Bank; Angus Tilbury of FW Design Limited, a leading sign and mapping company responsible for many urban realm projects; and Gordon Young, a sculptor and public realm artist who has used text-based art in a number of important settings including Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the seafront at Morecambe Bay.
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