Hannah Verlin
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Love Letters
The installation Love Letters was set on Davis Square’s Grove-Cedar Bike Path and featured text from the famous correspondences of the 19th century English poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett (eventually to be Elizabeth Barrett Browning).

Their letters from 1845 to 1846 document their courtship and marriage. Short excerpts from the letters were written in white water-soluble paint on the path. Barrett’s writing ran along one side of the path and Browning’s on the other. Depending on which direction the viewers approached, they followed one particular side of the story. Viewers could choose to follow only one story or stop and read both.

The excerpts were set at five sites along the path. The text was selected from across their year correspondence to create a narrative experience of their relationship, from the introduction to declarations of love. This piece created a journey in which people using the Bike Path moved through a love story. It was installed on Saturday 9/22 and was left in place to be slowly worn and washed away.

Love Letters was supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.