tim devin

Poems by Paul Johns

What are some other messages that we could add to public space?

If you're like me, you think there's a little too much advertising in public space. Billboards. Signs on buses, and on cabs. And don't forget about all those logos on our clothes.

In early 2011, I thought it might be nice to spread some poetry around as an alternative. I asked local poet Paul Johns if I could use some of his shorter poems, and he gave me two to play around with. I designed one sign to look like a listing of music events, another to look like it had been drawn on.

A digital copy of each sign is available for free below.

Location: Boston MA

Date: 2011

Learn more

Andrew Price. "Artist posts neighborhood surveys and infographics on the streets of Boston." San Francisco CA: GOOD Magazine. May 17, 2011.

Joshua Rothman. "Somerville's mystery posterer revealed." Boston MA: The Boston Globe. May 23, 2011.

Sebastian Campion. "Boston street surveys, infographics and poems." Copenhagen, Denmark: Guerrilla Innovation. May 17, 2011.

The posters