Love in the Street is a project by local poet and artist Lance Newman that curates a selection of poems by local poets that have been stamped into newly laid concrete sidewalk on 4th Street, between Chestnut and Broadway. The sidewalk stamps were implemented through a public infrastructure project in 2018.
Love in the Street poems are place-based and adhere to a theme of "Love and Admiration." When writing their poems, poets were asked to consider the existence of love in their city. How did they first fall in love with the city of Louisville? Their answers are poetic summarizations of the admiration they have for the city and the places that mean the most to them. Whether deeply abstract or satirically literal, Love in the Street supports the writing prowess of Louisville residents while simultaneously providing a collective public artwork built into the streetscape.
Love in the Street reminds our citizens and visitors alike that love is a universal concept and a love for the place where you live is inherent in our lives. The experience will remind us that artists living in our city can influence and affect compassion. Love in The Street inspires the writer within us all and fosters admiration for the poet and city alike.
Love in the Street poems were selected by Newman, working in collaboration with the Commission on Public Art and Louisville Metro Government.
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