In Leiden they developed their own style of street art. They cover their walls with poetry, both in word and physics formulas.
The poetry murals are all over town, but the highest concentration is in the city centre. The first one was created in 1992 with a Russian poem by Marina Tsvetajeva. The last one was painted in 2005. There are over a hundred poems in thirty-four different languages. Over time the poems disappeared, moved or were repainted in a different color.
The physics formulas was an idea of particle physicist Ivo van Vulpen. He pitched the idea in 2014. All formulas were discovered by mathematicians and physicists who worked in Leiden. There are four of them and I bumped into three.
If you would like to visit Leiden and discover the poems and formulas the website Muurgedichten van Leiden is a great resource.
William Shakespeare – Sonnet XXX
Adonis – Loss
Marina Ivanovna Tsvetajeva – For my poems
Rainer Maria Rilke – Das ist Sehnsucht: Wohnen im Gewoge..
Christophle Plantin – Le Bonheur de ce Monde
Langston Hughes – Danse Africaine
Edward Estlin Cummings – The hours rise
Nasir Kazmi – zabaa.N suKhan ko
Eugenio Montale – Non chiederci
Trefossa – Gronmama
Cesare Simonetti – Treno In Corsa
Pierre de Ronsard – A son âme
William Waring Cuney – Charlie Parker
Wislawa Szymborska – Pochwala zlego o sobie mniemania
Tadeusz Rózewicz – Pisalem
K.P Kaváfis – Κρυμμενα
Cees van Hoore – Als twee kussens langs een wang
Pablo Neruda – XXIV – Testamente II
Jorge Luis Borges – El Apice
Johan Geeraard Adriaan – De dichter is een gedicht
M. Vasalis – Eb
Piet Paaltjens – Aan u mijn groet, o Leidsch Studentencorps
Jean-Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud – Sensation
Vallana – No title
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