Chilean art collective Casagrande has “bombed” five cities over that last 11 years with poems dropped from aircraft and yesterday it was London’s turn. They choose cities that have been bombed in wars past, and this artistic bombing is intended as a remembrance of the past and a celebration of the survival of people and culture in spite of violence.
They also use the event to promote contemporary poetry, both from Chile and from the countries they are “bombing.” The poems are printed in two languages on bookmarks, and according to Casagrande, not a single one is left behind after these events. For the London “Rain of Poems” they have chosen poems from all of the countries participating in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. One hundred thousand poems were dropped in the vicinity of the London Eye at dusk on Tuesday, and judging by the news reports it was another roaring success.