Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Uptown Now: A Poetry Walk and More

Bummed that arts experience festival Charlotte SHOUT! was cancelled this year? Me, too. But, there are still some fresh, creative exhibits on display uptown through October that are worth a visit. 

Start with Of Earth and Sky, a sort of poetry scavenger hunt. Created by artist Luke Jerram, this exhibit features words of inspiration installed all across town. The piecemeal poem is a compellation of dozens of poets who submitted their work in response to social and climate changes and the impact of COVID-19.

You can find the poetry installations now through October 31 by visiting this map. We've not visited all the stops, but I can tell you that some are easier to locate than others. (There were a few we just couldn't find at all.) But, there's a photo gallery if you miss one or don't have the time to visit them all. 

And, you can learn more about the poets as you go. 

This makes for a really pleasant and engaging stroll around Center City. 

While you're uptown, tack on a visit to the Gaia exhibit (also by Luke Jerram) in Founders Hall (1000 N. Tryon St.). But hurry! This one's only on display 'til October 1. 

And check out INTRUDE, the giant inflatable bunnies by artist Amanda Parar. Hop over to First Ward Park (301 E. 7th St.) to see these guys through October 12. They're on display from 10:00 a.m. to midnight daily. 

Of course there are tons of other fun, inspiring and artistic reasons to head uptown. But, if it's been a while or you're looking for something new and refreshing, the poetry walk and a sneak peak at Gaia and INTRUDE make for a fulfilling urban excursion. 

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