Literature in the public space

The literary identity of Krakow manifests itself not only in the traditional activities and institutions of literary life – publishing houses, libraries, bookstores, and meetings with authors – but also in the daily functioning of the city. Involved attitudes of the inhabitants and creators of literature find reflection in the public space, where the literary potential of the city manifests itself through various fields of art – painting, sculpture, street art, performances, street theatres, and multimedia projections. The city’s inhabitants come across many local booksellers along the routes they cover every day.

These activities are particularly intense and visible during literary festivals, when the urban space is filled with manifestations of the given literary celebration – flags, projections, and murals. Also as part of other festivals organised in the city, especially the Grolsch ArtBoom Festival, projects inspired by literature are carried out, e.g. a spectacular projection of Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska’s poems on Wawel Hill prepared by famous artist Jenny Holzer.

Michał Zabłocki’s first poem was displayed on ul. Bracka in Krakow on the 24th of October 2002.

Poems on the Walls

Who: Michał Zabłocki, Emultipoetry, and the Poemat Foundation When: since 2002 Where: ul. Bracka 2 What: This spectacular poetry campaign in...

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A Seat for Readers, pic. Paweł Ulatowski

A Seat for Readers

Who: the Book Institute and MPK When: July 2011 Where: Krakow’s trams What: Stickers reminiscent of those that inform about...

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The Composition of Poetry: Krakow-Reykjavik mural, pic. Michał Ramus, www.michalramus.com

The Composition of Poetry: Krakow-Reykjavik mural

Who: the Book Institute, the Znaczy Się New Art Foundation, the City of Literature Foundation, and the Krakow Festival Office....

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Watch your step, pic. Michał Ramus, www.michalramus.com

Watch your step!

Who: Agnieszka Rola and Monika Pasek When: June 2013 Where: ul. Tatrzańska (Podgórze district) What: A project that involved restoring and enlivening...

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Szymborska's Metaphysics, pic. Paweł Ulatowski

Szymborska’s Metaphysics

Who: students of the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology When: May 2013 Where: the corner of Miodowa and Jakuba streets...

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Reading Mrożek

Reading Mrożek

Who: Wydawnictwo Literackie and the Krakow Festival Office When: March 2013 Where: Krakow’s pavements What: A series of templates featuring...

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Mayamural

Mayamural

Who: the Teatr Nowy Association in Krakow (originator: Michał Pałasz, design: Aleksandra Toborowicz). When: December 2012 Where: ul. Józefińska 24 (Podgórze...

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Think: literature! LEM, pic. Michał Ramus, www.michalramus.com

Lem’s robot

Who: the ZNACZY SIĘ New Art Foundation, Free Reading Zone, the Krakow Festival Office (mural design: Filip Kuźniarz) When: October...

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Barcelona, pic. Weronika Szmuc

Barcelona

Who: Bartolomeo Koczenasz When: June 2012 Where: the corner of Straszewskiego and Piłsudskiego streets What: A work combining poetry, photography,...

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For Gombrowicz from his Compatriots, pic. Weronika Szmuc

For Gombrowicz from his Compatriots

Who: Małgorzata Markiewicz When: June 2012 Where: a square at the junction of Piwna and Józefińska streets What: The For...

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Typomural

“Literary Graffiti” Typomural

Who: the ZNACZY SIĘ Gallery as part of the Free Reading Zone campaign (curators: Aleksandra Toborowicz and Artur Wabik) When:...

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4P, pic. Paweł Ulatowski

4P – Penman/ Poetry/ Prose/ Public space

Who: the Krakow Festival Office and the Book Institute When: October 2011 Where: Sarego, Gertrudy, Sebastiana, and Bogusławskiego streets (Czesław...

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For Krakow, pic. Tomasz Wiech

For Krakow

Who: Jenny Holzer When: June 2011 Where: the walls of the Royal Castle at Wawel What: A light projection of...

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Haiku

Haiku

Who: Aleksander Janicki When: June 2011 Where: a square in front of the main building of the National Museum in...

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Scrabble, pic. Weronika Szmuc

Scrabble

Who: NeSpoon When: June 2011 Where: all over Krakow What: As part of the project, 8 installations were created, reminiscent...

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