Our aim is to hang a banner printed with a poem about A Rare Bee (written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy – permission given) on a wall of our local bus garage. The bus garage is as busy as a bee hive, and the buses coming home at dusk makes us think of a bee hive at the end of the day. The banner will be coated with a super new product branded PURETi, which is a harmless substrate made of Titanium Nitrate. This substrate uses light to activate the agent which then transforms NOx into harmless by-products (H2O, CO2) and mineral nitrates (CaNO3). The water sheets streak free across the banner and falls on the Bzz Garage garden below – a community run garden created to attract bees.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This is the 3rd catalytic poem in the country, the first one was hung on Sheffield Hallam University wall, and the poem was by Simon Armitage. We have already put two lines of a poem (The Gardener's Daughter, by Tennyson) on another wall at the Bus Garage, behind the Open Orchard Fruit trees. This poem will celebrate bees and clean the air at the same time. What's not to like?
Steps to get it done:
The Poet Laureate has agreed to allow us to use one of her poems for this project without asking for a royalty. The bus garage loves the idea and has promised to contribute to the fund raising effort.
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Hello everyone, Thanks so much for making a contribution to this project, we are really pleased that you liked the idea and that you made a pledge. We understand that all pledges have now been collected (thanks again!), and I have just paid the banner maker to produce the banner. This will happen in Wales, and we are told that the magician with the magic spray is due to fly in on Friday and coat the banner with the amazing nano-titania that will gobble up a quantity of noxious Nitrogen from the exhaust pipes of passing cars (and buses). Then sometime the following week (if all goes to plan) the goblins will appear in West Norwood and scale the wall of the bus garage, to fix the super-duper frame to the wall with magic banner already in place. We can hardly believe it. Fingers crossed that nothing unexpected happens (wicked witches, wild winds, or naughty elves...). Hurrah! Janet and John Haney, PoetrySlabs