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Pavement poetry in Manchester

You may have realised that I like a bit of street-art but pavement art is a little more unusual to find. It’s easy to miss what’s beneath your feet, being trodden on, walked over, hurried past.

Manchester pavement art in the Northern quarter

Manchester pavement art in the Northern quarter

But what about this little poem I looked down and saw when walking around the Northern Quarter of Manchester recently – Perhaps these pavement cracks are the places where flattened flags lie as solidified waves? Very cryptic indeed and I couldn’t find it as a poem when I googled it so I assume that it’s entirely created by whoever installed it. Glad to see the road repair men worked their tarmac around it!

Carved kerb stones in Nuoro, Sardinia

Carved kerb stones in Nuoro, Sardinia

And staying on the pavements but straying a little further afield, you may enjoy this little face carved into a kerb stone, one of several that I walked over in the town of Nuoro in Sardinia – read the story about these cool kerbstones in Nuoro here

Poetry at the cafe at Blaise Castle, Bristol

Poetry at the cafe at Blaise Castle, Bristol

And just to leave you with a piece of passing poetry that’s made to fit it’s surroundings, how about this one in my home town of Bristol on the cafe window at Blaize castle – Light on leaves, a bird’s dark wing, what you see depends on the glass you look through. You can read about our walk from Blaise Castle to Kingsweston for tea here.

Do you have any pavement art on a street near you?

I was invited to get creative in Manchester by Creativetourist.com who celebrate the creativity, exhibitions and museums of Manchester – check out their website for more creative inspiration and you can find the Urban Culture Trail that took me round the Northern Quarter on the Visit Manchester site here

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Other Manchester articles to enjoy

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Steak and Seafood at the Grill on the Alley in Manchester

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Margo
    March 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I love how the workers built around the poem. There’s not much street art around here. Just a few tame and controlled things for various fundraisers. One that I really liked was in Columbia, SC, where sculptors submitted their renditions of Palmetto trees (the state tree) I was on an arts committee that talked about getting Julian Beever the 3D chalk artist to come to Myrtle Beach but we couldn’t afford him! (I give you many points for using “tarmac” – it’s seriously one of my favorite words 🙂

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    Heather Cowper
    March 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    @Margo – perhaps the Bristol equivalent of Julian Beever would be the Bristol born street artist Banksy, and he recently did a free exhibition in Bristol which really drew the crowds. Although he has a big reputation, he does make a point of over-commercialising his work.But I suppose no artist should starve for his art!

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    Gourmantic
    March 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I like these! My favourite is the one at Bristol. It makes you think…

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    Sherry Ott
    March 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I love this – art in unexpected places! The face carved in the sidewalk was amazing. I looked a the photo for a long time trying to find it! Makes you very aware of your surroundings!

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    Cate
    March 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Makes the places you visit special when you can look down and see art instead of saliva and grime. Interesting post.

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    Heather Cowper
    March 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    @ Cate There’s plenty of Saliva and Grime down there too!

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    theblz
    June 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    The Manchester Tib Street poem is called Flags, by Lemn Sissay. It’s not hard to find this out… he signed a ceramic slab and this is in front of the first verse, by the Debenhams building.

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    Heather Cowper
    June 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    @thebiz Thanks for the update – I did google it but nothing came up and as I’m not from Manchester but was just visiting for the weekend it didn’t register with me

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