The Poetry Sidewalk is one of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation's most unusual gifts to the physical campus. It consists of 53 poems inscribed in concrete pavement in the open courtyard of Hendrix’s new Creative Quad—in keeping with that building's theme of “to dwell with the arts.” The selected poems, which come from a variety of cultures and periods, all relate to themes of journey, nature, and the arts.

The goals of the Poetry Sidewalk are

  • to encourage the awareness and contemplation of poetry;

  • to signal that poetry has a home at the heart of our creative and intellectual common life; and

  • as a spatial expression of the linkage that literature and language provide across disciplines.

Working closely with Hendrix staff, Nabholz Construction engaged McGee Monument Co., Inc., of Russellville to carry out the project through a stencil and sandblasting process. To avoid disrupting student life (because inscribing poems in cement is loud and dusty!), the work took place over summer 2020. This magnificent feature will open officially in Fall 2021.