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Beletrina Academic Press
Experimental Typographer
2010

Initiation and realisation of a public art project in Ljubljana's principal square, which dressed the statue of the most important Slovene poet, France Prešeren (1800-49), in a cloak covered with around 560 hand-made lettering from stanzas of the poet's longest work in verse called Baptismal at the River Savica. The project was commissioned by the publisher in conjunction with the World Literatures – Fabula Festival 2010, the central event of Ljubljana's time as UNESCO World Book Capital 2010.

The selection of the text was from the most important passages from the poem – and its emphasis was especially on the connection of two vital speeches between Črtomir and Bogomila, the main protagonists of the poem. The text, executed in an experimental typographical manner, ran with the male voice on one side and the female voice on the other side of the poet’s sculptural body. It began at the same height as the book that the poet is holding in order to give the impression of the letters falling from the pages. The overall design and experimental letter forms gave a strong sense of the text travelling, coming closer and further away, and in this way attracted the attention of readers, inviting them to read the poem.

See more on my blog – creation & installation.

a form as never seen before ... the project gave Ljubljana a new artistic inspiration.
– A.H., Dnevnik, 22 May 2010

Prešeren was stoically coping with the adornment, while two other statues nearby were observing this moment in silence.
– Živa Rogelj, Poročila ob 13h (TV Slovenija 1), MMC RTV SLO, 21 May 2010

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