Written on the City

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Conceptual artist and poet Jenny Holzer is known for her massive projections of poetry and political aphorisms across urban buildings around the world. Her words, cast in ephemeral light, slide along uneven facades, highlighting their form just as the form itself literally twists the words. Enormous though they are, it’s like someone speaking in a whisper–we try harder to listen, to read, as they climb. They won’t be there forever. Her current LED exhibit “Protect Protect” is on display at the Whitney Museum in New York until May 31, 2009. You can also check out videos of some of her work. Galleries of past projection projects are available on her Web site.


Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor, and later, Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California and is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board. More from this author →