Poems to the Sky
A project for O, Miami Poetry Festival 2016
Created by Randy Burman
Made possible through support from:
The Children’s Trust
FIU Honors College
The Betsy-South Beach
“Poems to the Sky” painted two poems on the rooftops of buildings near the flight paths of departing and arriving flights at Miami International Airport in Miami, FL. The project was created by artist Randy Burman as part of the 2016 O, Miami Poetry Festival. Both poems were written by students at Orchard Villa Elementary School in Liberty City: Nieema Marshall (3rd grade) and Tywon Williams (4th grade). Each day, approximately 650 planes pass over the poems. The students wrote the poems as part of O, Miami’s “Sunroom” poets-in-schools program. Collectively, the poems required 310 gallons of paint. Students at FIU’s Honors College petitioned to get Tywon’s poem on top of one of the school’s parking garages and then did much of the manual labor of painting the poem. MANA Wynwood generously donated their roof to the project and supported the production costs.
O, Miami is principally supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The Sunroom is funded by The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Directed/Edited by P. Scott Cunningham
Videography by Gesi Schilling
Drone Photography by Dronemeisters LLC, FIU Honors College, & Uneeq Productions