"Vali Dakhni Poem"

lauren woods, Fairfax Avenue south Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, February-March 2010. Part of "How Many Billboards? Art in Stead" temporary project organized by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.

"The text on her billboard is in Urdu; it is translated as follows:

As long as the earth and the sky last,
Smile like a flower in the garden of the world.

It is from a love poem by a prolific Urdu poet of the medieval period, Vali Dakhni, who is credited with inventing the poetic form ghazal, consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain....Woods presents this opportunity for mass projection as a chance for self-reflection." - text from a longer description by Kimberli Meyer , http://www.howmanybillboards.org/, accessed 03/2010.


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