Poetry projects pop up around city

Last updated 07:34 11/04/2013
Elise Van Bentem
IAIN McGREGOR/Fairfax NZ

FILLING THE GAPS: Jeremy Sauzier works on Elise Van Bentem's project to put poetry and visual art in unusual places around the central city.

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Designer Elise Van Bentem hopes her new work in central Christchurch will inspire students and young people.

Yesterday, Jeremy Sauzier, all the way from Mauritius, worked on Van Bentem's project to put poetry and visual art in unusual places in the heart of the Garden City.

Sauzier worked on the Poetica project at the Beggs Music building at 614 Colombo St.

Van Bentem said the project was inspired by a series of poems painted around the city of Leiden, in the Netherlands, in 1992.

Stage one of the Gap Filler-supported project has seen four temporary "experimental" poetry projects pop up on blank walls around central Christchurch, including Beggs Music and in the ReStart container mall.

Stage two would see 20 international poems on permanent walls, representing the 20 nationalities of victims of the February 2011 earthquake.

Van Bentem said she hoped passersby would be "intrigued" and that young people would want to learn more about poetry.

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