Simonis (Leopold II)
Four sizes available see over, 1997-2006 (2006)
The work of art is made of multicoloured cement tiles applied to the wall. The designs on these tiles form a repetitive motif that makes us think of tiles, carpets, blankets and wallpaper. We find similar motifs throughout the centuries in houses in all sorts of different cultures. The fact that this motif is recognisable for so many people gives the passenger a very reassuring feeling. The tiles are made in the traditional way, in resistant materials, and are applied, in the same way as the tiles, to two identical walls. The joints between the tiles are all the same colour, and they form a frame that decorates the whole work of art. The colour of the floor and the environment match the work of art in order to optimise its integration into the station.
Berlinde De Bruyckere (Ghent, 1964)
Berlinde De Bruyckere is famous for her sculptures and drawings. At the beginning of her career she mainly created cage-shaped structures. These structures represented the rigidity of our everyday existence. These cage-shaped constructions developed into houses covered in blankets and patchwork in order to hide the coldness of the steel structure. Despite the fact that when it comes to works of art, reason tends to dominate in men and intuition in women, the artist manages to construct, with considerable physical work, cages which contain both rational and geometrical aspects. Later on, by using coloured blankets, she reintroduced femininity into her works. "In order to answer a number of questions, I also had a look at other cultures. The power of the individual has become so important that there is very little place for collective thinking. It is the artist's task to encourage people to think, through their works, but without shocking them."