1,000 Roses for Zweibrücken was created by the German artist Ottmar Hörl in celebration of the city’s link to this iconic flower. The German city Zweibrücken, which is known as the City of Roses is home to the Rose Garden of Princess Hildegard of Bavaria which is itself home to over 60,000 roses and 2000 varieties. Thus, as evidenced by the above stated nickname, the city and the flower have become indelibly connected.

Arch2o-1,000 Roses for Zweibrücken-Ottmar Hörl (2)

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In a large public square in the centre of town, 1000 red, plastic roses approximately 12 inches in width were arrayed in rows, perfect from several vantage points for one month. The large scale work was executed with the creation of conversation and community in mind for both the towns residents and simply anyone who visited the site. The roses were later offered for sale as mementos of the iconic instillation. Speaking of the work, Hörl states, ‘Above and beyond its symbolic power, the rose thus becomes a ‘social sculpture’ in the sense of a stimulant for communication.’

Arch2o-1,000 Roses for Zweibrücken-Ottmar Hörl (4)

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