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How to go haiku bombing

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We took part in the international un-competition The Deconstruction on the weekend, and decided to deconstruct neighbourhood.

Haiku-bombing in chalk is about observation, non-permanence and quietly unsettling our usual relationship with place, and perhaps with each other. Of course it's also about getting a bit of a street-art adrenaline rush.

Haiku-bombing is partly inspired by the famous graffito tag eternity that was written in chalk on Melbourne's footpaths in the 1930s, and then later in the streets of Sydney.
 
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Step 1: Observe

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Do a recce of your neighbourhood, observe the life of the street and find places or relationships between things that interest or inspire you. Consider avoiding obvious iconic places, and focus instead on details that don't seek attention.

Also think about places where you can take a good photo, and where you can get a camera angle that will allow you to read the whole haiku in one shot.

Step 2: Write

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Write some haikus. Follow whatever tradition you prefer.

The usual English language form is as follows:
- Use three (or less) lines of 17 syllables (or less) - usually 5/7/5
- Use a word associated with a season (kigo)
- Use a cut (kireji) to contrast or compare two events, ideas, situations or images
- Show, don't tell

Step 3: Prepare your kit

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Print or write your haikus out on a piece of paper to take with you. Ask a friend to be your haiku-bombing buddy and read the words out for you as you write, this reduces errors and means you can work more quickly.

Look official in a non-specific way by wearing hi-vis vests and carrying your haikus on a clip board.

Buy non-permanent line marking chalk in an aerosol can from your local hardware store. This is sometimes called landscape chalk.

Bicycles are the perfect mode of transport for multiple haiku-bombings, you can also use your bike to conceal what you're doing a little.
Ha! I love this. :D
Hello City (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thank you. If you do some haiku bombing we'd love to see some photos.
gaffertape1 year ago
Gooseberry fool. Always go with gooseberry fool. :)
Hello City (author)  gaffertape1 year ago
I notice that the Bunnings haiku has survived the recent rains undiminished.
hello city sounds like hello kitty, haha nice to see another Aussie on instructables!