There is little space for poetry in our fast and busy lives, so a bunch of thoughtful people have decided to bring this form of art closer to us – literally much closer – by putting some lines on the walls of Sofia. I find it quite refreshing to stop for a moment and read some beautiful words to take you away from your problems even just for a little while.
The project was created back in 2004 by The Netherlands embassy in Sofia. It aims to present some European poetry in beautiful murals scattered around the city. The ones on the picture above are located on the wall of Sofia City Art Gallery, and even though they are a bit run down now, you can still enjoy the mastership of the poets and of the artists who created them. A small tile accompanies most of the murals with the poem written in Bulgarian, Dutch and English.
Unfortunately the murals are not being maintained too well, but if you are interested in the project, you can check out the Bulgarian poem Hadji Dimitar on the side of the facade of the architecture high school in Sofia – it is by Hristo Botev, a national hero and poet, whom the school is named by (find out more about him here).