The G D Public Poem, Brussels, 1968

Alain Arias-Misson


Mixed Media, 2 x ( 32 x 110 cm ).

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. UFO_080_2).

'I did the GOD Public Poem in Brussels in 1968; it was a clearer fusion of page and street, of letters and human form. The meaning was simple enough: with the g in my right hand and the d in my left, and the "Poet" as cipher or null, I bracketed one "class" of site after the other throughout the City to portray the disappearance of GOD and the City as God in his place: the RR station which breathed the citizens at 8 am, the Cathedral, the Museum of Fine Arts, a Funeral Parlor, the Stock Exchange, a Work Site, "Nature" (The Park), the great Galeries de la Reine as "Commerce" etc. The "poem" was still static and solitary, but the sense of a "reading" of the street more manifest. These were my first steps in an attempt to create a literacy of the street.' - Alain Arias-Misson on The G D Public Poem

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