November 25, 2022

SCVNews.com | Santa Clarita unveils 2019 sidewalk poetry project


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Residents can now walk the sidewalks of Santa Clarita and find poetic inspirations laid out in front of them, literally, thanks to the city’s Sidewalk Poetry project.

Across six streets, including Seco Canyon Road, Westinghouse Place and Soledad Canyon Road, nine poems were etched in cement on the sidewalks as part of the Sidewalk Poetry Project 2019 – the city’s largest public art project, according to Mayor Marsha McLean.

“This project is so special because it combines the city’s commitment to the arts with its maintenance and beautification efforts,” she said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony held on Seco Canyon Road , near Mountainview Park. “We have found a creative way to incorporate inspiration into the everyday environment of our city sidewalks. ”

Sidewalk Poetry, which has been identified as a 2018 public art project, is part of the Public Works Department’s Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program, in which sidewalks deemed unsafe will be repaired and a poem will be added in the process. .

Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, left, joins poet Abi Wurdeman as her poem is unveiled during the Sidewalk Poetry Project unveiling ceremony held at Mountainview Park in Santa Clarita on Thursday, September 19, 2019. | Photo: Dan Watson / The Signal.

A total of 281 entries for the poetry competition, which was themed “Place Poetry – Let the Santa Clarita Landscape and the Built Environment Be Your Inspiration,” were received, and nine were successful, according to McLean.

Other places residents can find poems are at 20755 Center Pointe Parkway and 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway.

“Supporting public art in Santa Clarita is extremely important because it has the ability to inspire and share a new perspective,” McLean said.

To add to the celebration, some of the finalists read their poems, including resident Valerie Swanson, whose poem, titled “Thousands of Leaves,” is located at 28382 Seco Canyon Road.

Those interested in participating in next year’s Sidewalk Poetry project can visit santaclaritaarts.com.

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