Composition in printed metal panels (2017)
Philippe Decelle draws his inspiration from road signs, a universal language which, in the space of a century, has gone from four to four hundred signs, to channel our individual freedom through a series of constraints, prohibitions and obligations. The artist tries to transcend this universal message, with almost automatic deciphering, to grasp the graphic force of these dotted elements, in their urban animation setting, by removing them from their traditional location, changing their colours, etc. He twists the language for a poetic, playful and urban purpose. Initially installed near Brussels Midi station and the “Petite Ceinture”, the “urban wave”, a cultural reference to the waves produced by the Japanese engraver Hokusai, dating back to 1830, the year of Belgium’s birth, finds a new dimension here.