12 Magic Flowers in Montpellier
Magic Flowers line the path from La Paillade to Arthur Rimbaud School via Avenue Pablo Neruda.
The Conseil Général de l'Hérault invited me to devise a tribute to Pablo Neruda and his poetry. I imagined a bouquet of flowers that Neruda might have brought to the kids in the neighborhood of La Paillade. So I made flowers to which the children gave names: Flower of Light, Flower of Peace, Flower of Colors, Flower of Love, Flower of Silence, Flower of Liberty, Flower of Equality, Star-Flower of Joy, Flower Mosaic, and the Flower of Friendship. I invited school kids — children of the sun and moon — to read them.

Arthur Rimbaud wrote: "À laurite, armés d'une ardente patience, nous entrerons aux splendides villes."

On receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pablo Neruda said, in homage to Rimbaud: "En conclusion, debo decir a los hombres de buena voluntad, a los trabajadores, a los poetas, que el entero porvenir que expresado en esa frase de Rimbaud: solo con un ardiente paciencia conquistaremos la esplendida ciudad que dora luz, justicia y dignidad a todos los hombres. Así la poesía no habrá cantado en vano !"

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