We are thrilled to report that the last Poetry Paths project slated for Lancaster is almost fully installed. “Bricks and Mortar,” a poem by Barbara Buckman Strasko, can now be found engraved in a river of granite at the corner of King and Queen Streets in downtown Lancaster. PLEASE JOIN US as the City dedicates the newly renovated Market Square, including the poem in granite, on Friday, September 30 at 12:00 pm. The celebration is free, but the City would appreciate that you register here.
Some of you may remember that this project was begun back in 2009, when the City’s Office of Public Works invited Poetry Paths to commission a poem that would be incorporated into the already existing design for the renovation of Penn Square. John Hershey, then a member of the renovation design firm Thomas Comitta Associates, proposed that the poem be engraved in the granite “river” — now called “Confluence” — that would flow through the Square.
In 2010, after a national call for poems, a selection committee of Lancaster residents, writers, and arts professionals chose the poem “Bricks and Mortar” by Lancaster poet and teacher Barbara Buckman Strasko. Over two hundred residents of the city, by publicly commenting on the four poems named as finalists at displays throughout downtown Lancaster, had helped the committee make its choice.
We thank everyone who has brought this project to fruition, including our advisors and donors, the poet and site designers, the construction team, the City of Lancaster, and all of the people who have participated in and supported Poetry Paths over the years!