Two copper high-reliefs four metres wide, placed opposite each other (1977)
This piece is a beautiful example of the interaction between sculpture and architecture. These monumental wall sculptures represent the movement of birds in the sky, the symbol of freedom. “In the underground world of the metro, there is no trace of air, sun, trees nor of any of the natural environment of human beings. People only think about moving around quickly and of wallowing in their problems. For all those who are prisoners of this miserable routine, I tried to create a bird in full flight as a symbol of freedom”, explains Jean-Pierre Ghysels. The artist designed his project in a style that is completely abstract, fluid and purely sculptural. As is often the case in his works, here he also uses soft and simple shapes, alternating between massive elements and empty spaces, allowing a free play of light.
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JEAN-PIERRE GHYSELS (Brussels, 1932)
He studied at the Ecole des Métiers d’art in Maredsous and then took lessons in Paris from Ossip Zadkine. Jean-Pierre Ghysels has a thorough command of many different sculpture techniques, but his preferred material for many years now has been metal, above all copper and bronze. When he started out, the artist chose easily recognisable themes for his works of art. Later on his works evolved more and more towards constructive sculptures. Most of Ghysels sculptures are a mixture of sobriety and sensuality, force and sensitivity, consideration and organic growth in a successful synthesis. Over the years, the artist’s desire to create larger and larger works of art has continued to grow. The format not only increases the power of expression, but it also allows Ghysels to perfectly confront his creations with architectonic mass and space.