As part of a project for University we were required to create a ‘Poem Object’. The idea behind these poem objects were that they were to get us to look at the poetry form a different, and potentially more creative perspective.
My poem object started with an idea and experiment into using processing to create an image made up of text. The inspiration for this came from a series of art installations in Dublin Airport which showcase some of Ireland’s most famous writers.
In the video below, the image of the boy throwing stones is made up of the text of the poem he’s from. In each frame the text of the poem is visible and should be legible when paused.
The poem I chose was ‘Small boy’ by Norman MacCraig. The image I chose to portray was a young Boy throwing stones into water, which is a very prominent part of the poem. each frame in the animation above is made up of an image like this one.
This was the inspiration for my project. The image is created using text from the works of the author and carefully controlling the sizes of the text to create light and dark areas forming the picture and quote.
This shows the processed used to create the final object. First the person is isolated from the background and then the image is processed in the program I made and the output is the image made of text.
Close up of the final image produced from the program. Light 'pixels' are created where the letters are small and dark ones are made by the large letters.