Poetry makes its way onto Miami-Dade County sidewalks
The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works together with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, O, Miami Poetry Festival, and Miami-based, Argentinian-born artist Agustina Woodgate will introduce a new art installation along a side street in West Kendall. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, at 10 a.m at the intersection of SW 42 St. (Bird Rd.) and SW 149 Ave in Miami.
The newly-installed sidewalk art, which has transformed the County’s walkways into playful streetscapes of visual poetry, is part of the Concrete Poetry project. Spearheaded by Woodgate and O, Miami, the project places words and poetry on sidewalks in various locations countywide. This installation of Concrete Poetry was inspired by the board game Scrabble, with the artist designing 1’ x 1’ tiles of interchangeable letters that were stamped onto freshly-poured concrete. This playful way of dressing up a sidewalk encourages pedestrians to enjoy their walk. These concrete poems are essentially turning sidewalks into interactive pages.
O, Miami commissioned local poets to write original works about their neighborhoods, and the selected pieces were ultimately stamped on sidewalks in those areas. The end result: a simple game for pedestrians to connect the words themselves.
Agustina Woodgate works as an artist, spatial designer and radio producer. She has extensive experience working with art and civic engagement on public spaces. In the past, she has been commissioned by the City of Miami Beach, Bass Museum, Faena Arts Center (Buenos Aires), Goethe Institute (Krakow, Poland) and the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities.