Nuit Blanche: Boris Achour’s ‘The rose is without why’

The other work of art I loved from Nuit Blanche 2013 is right across from Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles. French artist Boris Achour’s The rose is without why makes Nathan Phillips Square glow with light.

The work consists of a short poem by 17th-century poet Angelus Silesius written with fluorescent lights. It spans more than 300 feet.

“The rose is without why, it blooms because it blooms, it cares not for itself, asks not if it is seen.” You can still see it for yourself until October 27th at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West at Bay.

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