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

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

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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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