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.
Step 1: Observe
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
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
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.