Three national parks in Michigan sport signs with nature poetry

Aug 18, 2016

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The National Park Service has posted signs at three national parks in Michigan that include nature poems by an Egyptian-American writer. 


The Detroit News reports that Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks and Isle Royale are among five parks in the Midwest selected to feature the signs with poems by Moheb Soliman.

The poetry signs grew out of a 2015 project funded by the Joyce Foundation in which Soliman visited as many towns and wilderness areas around all five Great Lakes in four months. His body of work that came from the trip is called "H.O.M.E.S." — for lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.

The brown signs resemble typical National Park Service placards until park visitors take a closer look. Soliman says this element of surprise or serendipity is a major part of the art.