To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23 April, we have a post on the northern Italian city of Verona.
After London and Stratford-on-Avon, Verona is probably the next best place to connect with the famous bard. Although he probably never visited the city, three of Shakespeare’s plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew.
Verona still retains a medieval atmosphere and the city has taken a best guess at what might have been Juliet’s home and opened it to tourists, so you can see the famous balcony. Juliet’s tomb can also be visited in the church of San Francesco.
We like the bust of Shakespeare which can be found on the mediaeval wall overlooking Verona’s famous Roman arena. Next to it is the following quote from Romeo and Juliet.
“There is no world without Verona walls, but purgatory, torture, hell itself, hence banished is banish’d from the world, and world’s exile is death.”
Another wall mural at PUBLIC2016 at Curtin University (see previous post) has a book theme. It’s by British-born and now West Australian artist, Hayley Welsh. Her large make-believe animal carries a stack of three books on its back.
Every year in April, the creative arts organization, Form, holds an outdoor art event in Perth and other parts of Western Australia. This year PUBLIC2016 was centred on the Curtin University campus where international and local artists painted huge wall murals on some of the buildings.
Some of the murals have a book theme including this one by Russian artist, Rustam Qbic, Painted on a huge rear wall of the Robertson Library, the mural depicts a man in a boat with a pile of books beside him. The boat is bobbing up and down on a sea which is in the shape of a book.
We noticed this bus stop with a small library of books recently in Labouchere Rd, South Perth. At this bus stop and three others around the City of South Perth you can take a book and leave a book. This City of South Perth Libraries program runs until the end of April.