Writings writ large – ArchipelpoëZie

31 March 2012 – A large group turned up to witness the unveiling of the first wall poem in Archipelbuurt: a poem written by Rutger Kopland adorning the blind wall of the Hofje van Schuddegeest in Surinamestraat. Assisted by initiator of the project Gilles Hooft Graafland and chairman of the A&W Community Association Wybe Taekema, Deputy Mayor Marjolein de Jong (The Hague’s alderman for Culture, City Centre and International) revealed the poem by releasing three huge clusters of balloons.

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Around 75 local residents from the Archipelbuurt and Willemspark, along with other visitors and council representatives such as Gert-Jan Bunck, Gerard Spierenburg and Maaike Nuij attended the ceremony. After a few words from the chairperson of Stichting ArchipelpoëZie, Ruth van Rossum, Alderman van Jong pronounced the first wall poem officially open. The wall bearing the Rutger Kopland poem inscription in one of Gerrit Noordzij’s attractive typefaces and designed by De Ontwerpvloot, is owned by the Koninklijke Haagse Woningvereniging (housing association), established in 1854.

After the installation of the first poem, in which Derk Hazekamp of the A&W Open Space working group was closely involved, the Archipel Poetry Foundation hopes to be able to realise more wall poems this year. Should you be the owner of  a suitable wall or know of one, keep the Foundation posted!

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Contact:  Stichting ArchipelpoëZie info@archipelpoezie.nl

Wall-to-Wall Poetry in A&W

A plan was submitted at the November 2010 A&W Community Council meeting to install wall poetry in suitable locations in the Archipel & Willemspark district just has been done in the city of Leiden.

A committee, subsequently set up and chaired by local poet Ruth van Rossum and including Mr Gilles Hooft Graafland (former vice chairman of the A&W Community Association), visited Leiden where some 101 different poems have been applied to various walls there.  The committee familiarized itself with all the technical requirements such as the type of paint required, preparation of the walls, etc.

In the meantime the Archipel Poetry Foundation has been set up and ANBI status (charitable status for institutions serving the Common Good) obtained.

Installation of the first wall poem on a wall in Surinamestraat: the property of the Koninklijke Haagse Woningvereniging (housing association) established in 1854 that constructed the hofje behind the wall, was scheduled for 13 May 2011, but was delayed because problems with the surface of the wall have not yet been resolved.  A more realistic date now seems to be March 2012. The poem chosen is by Rutger Kopland. Because of the international character of the neighbourhood, the intension is to have a few non-Dutch poems as well.

Photos of the wall poems in Leiden
Leiden wall poem trail

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