"Mobilier urbain revisité"
In the city centre
In collaboration with graphic arts schools in the region, urban furniture elements were decorated for the project. Across the city, tightrope walkers will balance between two posts, and ORES and PROXIMUS terminals will burst with colours.
Pierre Liebaert - "Je crois aux nuits"
From May 2019
Pierre Liebaert, a young photographer from Mons who regularly exhibits in museums and festivals, has produced four photographs about folklore related to the renewal of the body and nature.
- Difference in height
- 92.73 m
- Points of interest
1 Blancbec - "Le Monstrueux"
Project: Working with his neighbours, BlancBec gives new life to this wall where imaginary animals and plants cross paths.
After spending 10 years in the graffiti movement under the pseudonym VEKS, at the start of 2000, Blancbec took a new approach to his work.
He developed his first paintings, furnished with geometric writings inspired by graffiti. In Barcelona in 2002, he discovered the work of posters painted by hand and glued, a revelation.
This technique attracted him because he could combine workshop activity with an urban activity. He embraced it! The geometric writings of the beginning gradually became characters. Then the bird appeared. Provisionally, the canvases were put aside to make place for paper. At the beginning of 2003, the first bird posters appeared on the walls of the city; they were the first of their kind in Brussels. The bird and the artist call themselves "Blancbec" chosen for the lack of experience of the artist and the self-assurance of his bird.
His own geometric construction and his vibrant chromatic range created a style that was instantly recognisable. Since then, some audacious protagonists have integrated his universe that he still represents through new supports and techniques. The artist Blancbec exhibits regularly and his works always appear in an urban setting.
2 Oli-B - "L'escapade"
Oli-B is an artist from Brussels, known for his colourful works that are full of life. Starting from abstract and figurative forms in vibrant colours, Oli-B traces the limits of his exceptional universe, where onirism mixes with harmony and hope. Each piece writes his story and reveals new aspects. His works are driven by a desire for balance. When he crosses this line, he deploys his ideal and optimistic vision of the world, in opposition to the realistic image tinged with bitterness, that he sometimes feels. Oli-B enjoys the hustle and bustle of large towns and their crowds and uses the public spaces as his playground.
3 Daniel Fauville - "Gardiens du fleuve"
Sculpture / Coproduction with Fluide (Thuin Cultural Centre)
From a young age Daniel Fauville was interested in painting. He soon became a teacher of plastic arts in an Institute of higher education in Brussels. As a painter and sculptor, he has his own unique style, timeless and universal, without ever falling into an artistic regionalism.
His work is characterised by a simplified line keeping to the essential and the use of forms that are familiar and imagined at the same time.
Daniel Fauville remains faithful to his childhood dreams and fascinations. Trams, cars, boats, planes, motorbikes are placed in urban landscapes or are shown in close-up. Other objects of his attention: factories, buildings and fortresses that he embeds in a local reality.
“Gardiens du fleuve” (Guardians of the river): These boats are a figment of Daniel Fauville’s imagination and remain faithful to his childhood dreams and fascinations.
Ever since he started painting, means of communication and public transport have been recurring subjects in Daniel Fauville’s approach. These heavy stranded boats, the four barges that the artist created for Fluide are a sort of invitation to travel, to dream on the water’s edge. The cast iron translates the massiveness of these boats while the rough and rusty material makes them look as if they come from another time. Like artefacts, these inert masses bear witness to the sweat of the men who work on molten metal in the blast furnaces
of the region. Their simple and universal forms make them an emblem, a headstone, the monument of a time long gone and yet so close to us. They also remind us of a cradle or a sarcophagus, where dreams are born and die. In boating towns, these barges suggest the meeting, the discoveries and the exchanges that happen along the journey. Together, they are the Guardians of the river, the river of life, of the town, of history, of memory, of the boat and metal industry, of travel and of commerce in the city.
4 Sébastien Lefèvre - Oriflammes
Avenue du Général de Gaulle
Project: Sébastien Lefèvre, will light up the entrance to the city with these banners which will come alive when the sun goes down. Sébastien Lefèvre, a French artist, defines himself as a creator of light. His project “Oriflammes” (Banners) composed of coloured flags, creates a festive feeling, placed at the entrance to the city. The flags light up at night and give
the city of Mons this festive and childlike atmosphere. Sébastien Lefèvre’s work reminds me of the world of local fairs, the flags that are found at the seaside. It is a very poetic piece of work. The flags will be hung from 70 posts which will surround the roundabout. Lighting will give the installation a completely different aspect at night.
5 Cix et Duek - " Eldorado
Project: In collaboration with Lille 3000 and for their Eldorado season (from 27/04 to 01/12/2019), the Mexican artists Cix and Duek created a coloured fresco in the Capucins area of Mons.
6 Malik Choukrane / Caroline Dunski - "Souviens-toi"
Photography and writing
Project: Malik Choukrane and Caroline Dunski go out to meet the local merchants of Mons. While having a coffee, they talk about their childhood and find some symbolic sentences. The local merchants allow themselves to be photographed with an object symbolising their childhood. All this can be seen in the unoccupied windows of Mons town centre.
7 Laurence Vray - " Instant suspendu"
Photographer, Laurence Vray brings an “intimate” sensitivity - far from the gloss of fashion. She proceeds, with as much rigour as restraint, to reveal a possible intimacy with the world. The lightness of her view is serious and the seriousness of her views is light. So, through a paradox which she took pains to keep secret, she composed with diligent simplicity: a work of art for peace. Laurence, an artist from Mons, captures intimacy and lightness and conveys it to us. Laurence Vray dedicated her first photographic series to “photographic reporting” during her trips to Morocco, India, Cuba and Nepal. The inhabitants of these regions, their artisans, their clerics... become the actors of this sublimation. Not forgetting her country and her native region, she created the series La Glace Passe in 2002. These black and white photographs, in the purest tradition of street photography, are a tribute to a region that is particularly dear to the artist. More than a simple capture of reality, the photographer embarks on a reflection on the world around her by using photography to put her ideas on paper. She also reflects on the notion of “time”. These photos, with indescribable strength, are an ode to human beings and to their fragility, as well as a reflection on solitude. Extending this reflection on time, the artist began to play with the photographic medium and decided to go back to her origins by using the pinhole technique. At this point, humans are excluded from the photos, which return to silent and unchanging nature, evoking the essence of photography. These images, flowing poetically, lead us to dream and return to childhood.
Today, like going back in time, a return to the first place, Laurence Vray is working on the theme of water and mother waters. A truly silent swim, this series offers a solitary parenthesis exploring the resonance of water, its currents and its flow. The photographer plays on the opposition between presence and absence, solitude and company, femininity and masculinity, fragility and inalterability of this original element. The focus is also on the mother waters, where time it is not yet linear, where light still plays shadows between
the uterine walls, where life is a pure loving relationship...
8 Noir Artist - "Don't sleep on your dream"
Project: NOIR Artist will bring a touch of surrealism to the project
NOIR Artist is a Belgian plastic artist and mural painter from Liège, trained at Saint-Luc Liège. He creates paintings as well as mural frescoes in almost all formats
and all types of support. But always in shades of black (‘NOIR’). Or almost, since colour and gold now also have their place in his universe. Paintings, drawings, monumental frescoes, mural art, trompe l'oeil, urban decoration and design, this work “in black” does not leave people indifferent. Inspired by publicity, pop art, baroque art or calligraphy, NOIR Artist gracefully enumerates his hyper-realistic pictorial obsessions and his more abstract musings.
9 Olivier Sonck - "Ivre d'histoires"
OUTDOORS COMPOUND OF THE MONS PENITENTIARY CENTRE
Rue des Barbellés
Project: Olivier Sonck has created a series of workshops about childhood memories, in two
phases: first with twenty detainees (ten men and ten women) and then with the neighbours of the penitentiary centre (residents, students, workers, etc). The result?
A literary fresco full of authenticity and poetry, painted on the exterior wall of the penitentiary centre. It will evolve over time and according to the weather conditions.
Olivier Sonck is a Belgian artist linked to Mons by his studies at Arts2. Since finishing his studies in Visual Arts, he has been working in engraving
and silk-screen printing as well as teaching in several schools.
What has been his passion for the last few years? Words.
“I’m interested in their meaning, in the way people pronounce them wrongly and in the final result
after passing through distracted ears. I make objects of them, often printed, marked on cold materials such as metal, inert like lead, shiny like copper but also warmer ones and (sometimes) comforting like wood.”
10 Blanc Murmure - " La ville dans la ville"
Project: 160 real birdhouses with images of neighbours are installed in
the Place du Parc in this work symbolising family and
BLANC MURMURE asbl is a Centre d'Expression et de Créativité (C.E.C.) (Centre for Expression and Creativity) recognised by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles since its creation. Their project is to initiate a varied public in contemporary art and creation through different artistic techniques. Children, adults, youths, education professionals, people in social rehabilitation, handicapped people, seniors, everyone can become a creator and an actor in an artistic approach. They propose societal themes, a true thread between their artistic experiences. Diverse techniques are made available to the public as a means of expression for their creative inspiration: illustration and fictional writing, sculpture and installation in urban spaces, video and cinema animation, image creation through photography.
“L’art habite la ville”, 160 inhabitants, children and adults, played the game; they participated in the creation of the birdhouse village. They were photographed and then reproduced their faces on the birdhouses that were prefabricated for the occasion. A new utopian area was born in the centre of the “Place du Parc for a period of two years. This participatory piece of work reflects a shared creative moment.
A portrait Gallery which attempts the eventuality of cohabitation, possible or impossible, between birds and men. The CEC Blanc Murmure in collaboration with the Institut du Sacré-Cœur, the local school “Les arquebusiers”, the school of the future, Impulso
- 93 meters of difference in height