No Man Feels Time, Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin
On the Nature of Things
by Katie Holten
September 5 - October 31, 2011
on the streets of Dublin, Ireland
On the Nature of Things is a public artwork for Dublin created by Katie Holten as part of Dublin Contemporary 2011.
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The streets of Dublin city center were sprinkled with words and fragments from On The Nature of Things by the Epicurean poet Lucretius. Although written c. 50 B.C. the poem persuasively lays out a strikingly modern understanding of the world. Every page reflects a core scientific vision - a vision of atoms randomly moving in an infinite universe – imbued with a poet’s sense of wonder.
Dublin Contemporary 2011 is Ireland's International Art Exhibition featuring over 100 Irish and international artists.
Katie Holten is a visual artist. In 2003 she represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. She has had solo museum exhibitions at The Hugh Lane in Dublin, The Bronx Museum in New York, Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Lucretius was a poet who lived in Rome about 2,000 years ago. Click here to listen to Robert Krulwich discuss Lucretius and On the Nature of Things. Click here to listen to Stephen Greenblatt discuss On the Nature of Things.
Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established by Nicholas Mosse in 1976 in Kilkenny, Ireland. They produce hand crafted, functional pottery in the style of traditional Irish Spongeware.
Matter, Iveagh Gardens at Hatch Street entranace, Dublin
Branch Like Atoms, Iveagh Gardens at Earlsfort Terrace entranace, Dublin
Nothing From Nothing, St. Stephen's Green at Leeson Street, Dublin
Why Clouds Make Sounds, Grafton Street at St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
Overcome by Violence of Delight, Andrew Street at Trinity Lane, Dublin
Nature Would Never Have Created, Dame Street at Trinity Street, Dublin
Sucks Them Madly, Cope Street at Crown Alley, Dublin.
Wandering in Doubt, Merchants Arch at Wellington Quay, Dublin
No Man Feels Time, Ha'penny Bridge (south side), Dublin
Onward to Secret Places, Ha'penny Bridge (north side), Dublin
Salt Seas Eat, O'Connell Bridge at Batchelor's Walk, Dublin
An Object Just as Large, O'Connell Street at Daniel O'Connell statue, Dublin
Drag Out Truth, O'Connell Street at Abbey Street, Dublin,
Primal Forms of Stuff, Parnell Square North at Hugh Lane, Dublin
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of Lucy Andrews, Dillon Cohen, Candy Holten, Susan MacWilliam, Nicholas Mosse, Richard Mosse, Susan Mosse, Ruairi O’Cuiv, and Nicholas Mosse Pottery.