Tubac truly took “flight” during this amazing project. We saw community supporters, members of the Tubac Center of the Arts, poets and people who were intrigued about the idea of building a poetry box and having it on display as part of a public art project. Some of these were people who had not visited the artcenter before so we feel like we made new friends.
The entire community came together, young and old, to create over 35 poetry boxes including the colorful “Poetree” with a number of boxes and poems from the Green Valley Poet’s Corner. The silent auction saw several competitive bidding “wars” going on for a number of these creative poetry boxes and raised significant funds for both TCA and the Anza Trail Coaliton.
One of our volunteers came in last week to say that she and her husband were out walking in their neighborhood and recognized Terry O’Connell’s “Bird of Paradox” piece sitting in the front yard of someone in their neighborhood. They were so pleased that they could continue to walk by and see this particular whimsical piece that they had loved seeing on the Anza Trail.
The partner organizations that worked together to make Poetry of the Wild happen here in Tubac are already planning for something next spring that will again have “Tubac Taking Flight”.
– Karin Topping, Director, Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona
This gave me a refreshing perspective on how poetry and art can come together without boundaries. The poetry boxes are really “stuff” of museums, yet this project turned the idea upside down and brought the art to the outdoors where people were.
– Jose B. Gonzalez, Poet, Professor of English, US Coast Guard Academy
This has been one of the most delightful projects I’ve been involved with in a long time. The boxes represent what New London’s all about: connection, collaboration and cooperation.
– Jeanne Sigel, Director of Marketing and Development, Garde Art Center
This project reinforced my beliefs that learning is life-long and that the ecosystem where we live is vitally important. This project brought both concepts together and allowed students to think, reflect, assess, integrate, adapt, create, anticipate, express, formulate and interpret ideas.
– Loren Spears, Director of Nuweetoon School, Exeter RI.
I was executive director of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) when Ana Flores, serving as Artist-in-Residence at the time, approached me with her idea for an interactive outdoor installation she called “Poetry of the Wild.” Would I be interested in facilitating the project as part of her residency? I thought the idea a brilliant marriage of nature, arts, and the humanities, and was excited for WPWA to play host to its inaugural installation…the overwhelming community response to the project, and the willingness (and preparedness) of people to fill the poetry boxes with their contributions, showed that the arts could have a profound impact on community awareness of, and participation in, the natural environment. It also demonstrated to me that a renewed sense of place could be instilled in those who seek the solace of nature, as a place to which they could respond via written thoughts, ideas and dreams. It further confirmed that bringing the arts into the sciences builds the constituency, helping scientific organization communicate more widely the important message of natural resource conservation.
– Lori Urso, former Executive Director, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
My involvement with Poetry of the Wild was as a participating artist. I was excited to be included in a project that had so many experiential aspects and enjoyed the creative problem-solving that accompanied the parameters of the project. Choosing a poem, conceptualizing the visual presentation and installing the sculpture were all challenges. I have done a number of outdoor projects and love the idea and experience of outdoor art. When done well, it has the potential to change our relationship w/those surroundings, seeing and experiencing it in a new way.
Poetry of the Wild also encourages feedback from the audience. This dialogue begins with the place, add sculpture and poetry, a roving public and their inspiration and the conversation comes completely full circle.
– Olivia McCullough- Audubon Smithfield