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The Cultural Geocache – Tiziana Fontana – poetry

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GEOCACHING is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

images from daily life in bargaReaders who have been following this site for some time might remember the name and poetry of Tiziana Fontana as she first appeared on barganews back in 1996 with a series of poems under the title: Low Resolution Poetry

Since then she has practically dropped “under the radar” but she is back with a whole new series of poetry and is a participating artist in the Barga Cultural Geocache project.

Each poem has been hand written on paper with a QR code attached so that who ever finds the rolled up poem can also hear her reading it by simply pointing their cell phone at the QR code.

A series of 20 geocaches which are being hidden in the around the medieval walled city of Barga (LU) in Tuscany over the next month.

GEOCACHING is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing into the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.

The cultural geocaches of Barga are somewhat different as they in fact do contain objects of value.

The caches contain signed original artworks, drawings, charcoal drawings, prints and etchings by 25 artists working in this area.

There are also mini poems and short stories in Italian and Latin

Professional musicians have prepared a series of cards containing QR codes which when scanned by smart phones will play music specially written for the project. The music includes classic, jazz, piano, tango, rock and folk.

The project is an attempt to “raise the bar” on the level of objects which can be found and exchanged in geocaches.

We hope that the people who find these objects will enjoy them as much as we have in preparing them. (the map for the first cultural geocache can be found here)

The first of these cultural geocahes was hidden in Barga Vecchia recently – it was found just 4 hours later by “Red Luke”, one of the enthusiasts of this new pastime who left the following message in the log book:

– A good chance for coming again to Barga Thank you very much for a different kind of cache!

and again just a few days later, another searcher from Hannover, Germany left the following message:

Wonderful holidays in the Toskana and the STF in this cache here. Thanks for showing us the beautiful town of Barga. Without your cache we wouldn’t have seen it. We enjoyed the old houses and the ice cream in the centre of the city. TFTC or better: Mille Grazie per la cache si dice brisen60 – Germany/Hannover

 

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