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This summer, unusual nature poems masquerading as official park signs can be found in five locations at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Part of the Great Lakes Parks Centennial Poetry Project, this public art installation is also happening at the four other Great Lakes national parks at trails, vistas, and beaches to help celebrate the National Park Service Centennial of 2016.
Visitors will see iconic brown and white park signs but with poetry reflecting Great Lakes nature, culture, modernity, and identity, in contrast to the normal regulatory information. Texts are by poet Moheb Soliman, and signs are designed in collaboration with park staff for the National Park Service Centennial.
In addition to the new signs, visitors can meet the artist on Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 p.m. at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Soliman will have an interactive display for visitors to learn about his Great Lakes project.
National lakeshore staff collaborated with Soliman on sign locations, as each speaks to special places and natural-cultural spaces and experiences such as beaches, hiking, borders, or technology. Park visitors can encounter signs as they tour major park destinations at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Isle Royale National Park. At Indiana Dunes, the signs can be found at West Beach, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk and the Dunewood Campground.
For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu. More information on the artist Moheb Soliman and this project go to www.mohebsoliman.info