On the Nature of Things is a public artwork for Dublin created by Katie Holten as part of Dublin Contemporary 2011. Texts are written on the streets of the city centre with hand-painted ceramic tiles. The source for the text is a found copy of 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. He thought we should live, not in fear of gods, but in the pursuit of pleasure.
Katie Holten has installed Primal Forms of Stuff on the steps of The Hugh Lane. Click here for a map of other locations.