hooray for rain!

October 10, 2021

About five years ago, we did a post about a Mass Poetry project in Boston that used a Seattle-based product, Rainworks, which makes words or images appear on the sidewalk when it rains. Since then, rain-inspired sidewalk poetry has appeared in many places, including Oklahoma City and Adelaide, AU, Newcastle and Vancouver, WA, as well as Worcester and Methuen, Massachusetts. Ed Madden, Poet Laureate of Columbia, South Carolina, used the product to display the words of local poets around the University.

Now that it’s officially rainy season, you may be inclined to add some poetry to your sidewalk, too. The good news is that Rainworks is now water-based and non-toxic (“You still shouldn’t drink it though,” the website warns, and “Rainworks Invisible Spray will not make you invisible.”). Get your poetry on the Rainworks map and let it rain!

Rainku!

April 5, 2017

Vancouver, Washington, is hoping for rain this month. You may recall that we did a post about Rainworks a while back. Now, in celebration of National Poetry Month, 24 poems are stenciled on the sidewalks of downtown Vancouver. Bring your umbrella or bring your bucket of water. Read all about it in The Columbian and visit Rainku on Facebook.

(in)visible poetry

May 23, 2016

theres-no-bad-weather-just-bad-clothing-choices

Picture this: your rainy-day poem stenciled on the sidewalk…invisible…until it rains! Rainworks, a Seattle-based company (where else?), has come up with a non-toxic, environmentally safe, biodegradable product that does exactly that. It can be stenciled or painted on and once it’s dry it remains unseen until it gets wet. It lasts, on average, two to four months, the contrast fading as time goes on.

Now, Mass Poetry, in partnership with The City of Boston, is using a similar product to create “Raining Poetry” — four poems stenciled on sidewalks near downtown. Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Georges hopes to expand the program into the city’s neighborhoods.

Important note from the Rainworks website: “Please note that Rainworks Invisible Spray will not make you invisible.”

Darn.

More Rainworks on Facebook.
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