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 Of Earth and Sky 

Gloucester: 2020

Of Earth and Sky, by Luke Jerram, is a large-scale poetry installation project taking place across Gloucester. The poetry was submitted by Gloucestershire residents and will be seen on a vast scale right across the city to create a sculpture trail. People will be able to discover and interact with this poetry in parks and public places across the city from Mon 24 August – Sun 1 November 2020.

Of Earth and Sky is commissioned by the Gloucester Culture Trust in partnership with the City Council and Gloucester Cathedral and Strike A Light, in association with Gloucester Quays.

Set in over 20 public spaces across Gloucester, Of Earth and Sky will showcase words and poetry from the people of Gloucestershire in large 1m tall letters or stencilled onto the ground. The Gloucestershire-based poet JPDL worked with Luke Jerram to curate the over 80 submissions that were received from members of the public and through online poetry workshops. The installations will appear in public spaces, parks and heritage sites across the city. The artworks will all be totally accessible, and the sites have been selected to ensure social distancing is possible at all times.

As we begin to cautiously emerge from the lockdown, there is a sense that we better appreciate the value of local parks and green space for our wellbeing, mental and physical health. This installation will celebrate the city’s outdoor spaces and encourage people to look differently at Gloucester – to see the beauty in its heritage and in its green spaces and find hope in the words of its people. Find out more

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