Del Paso Words on Walls
Benjamin Della Rosa
Words on Walls, unveiled in October, 2013, was created to provide an opportunity for poets to create work in the public realm while reinforcing a local business district's mission to become Sacramento's primary design district. Five poets were commissioned to write site specific poems in this district. These poems were then translated by graphic designers to images that were painted on the walls of buildings along the main street of the district. The goal of the project was to encourage poets to engage in making art in the public realm and to showcase local graphic designers. It was also created to realize the goals and vision for creating a district for design and a distinct destination neighborhood. The result is five site-specific poems pulled out the essence of what it is like to live, work and visit this eclectic, interesting, rough, and economically depressed Sacramento neighborhood.