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Boston Sidewalks Have Secret Poems That Only Show Up In The Rain

"Raining Poetry" is an art installation in which poems are stenciled onto concrete sidewalks with a water-repellant paint and show up after rainstorms.

Why It's Cool

Public art installations are awesome, because they make culture available to the masses. But public art installations that are kind of like a treasure hunt and only reveal themselves in the rain? That's just brilliant. That's what happens with "Raining Poetry," a collaboration between Boston's City Hall and the nonprofit group Mass Poetry. The project, which launched in April 2016 and kicked off a second installation in September, involves stenciling poems on Boston city streets in water-repellant spray paint. After a rain storm, the words show up, adding a much-needed pick-me-up from bad weather. The poems include works by Langston Hughes, Elizabeth McKim, and Kathi Aguero, and all touch on the theme of rain and water.

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Why You Should Tell Your Friend

Well, if he lives in Boston, he should run, not walk, to one of these locations, where the current poems can be seen:

- 1961 Centre St. in West Roxbury

- 1520 Dorchester Ave.

- 500 Columbia Road in Dorchester

- 1328 Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan

Pro tip: If it's not raining, just bring a glass of water, dump it out, and prepare to be wowwed.

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Written by Curiosity Staff June 14, 2016

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