The sculptor wanted to bring a bit of sunshine, an amusing and festive atmosphere to the many civil servants and employees who often pass through the Parc neighbourhood, where mainly very serious offices, government services, ministries and institutions are to be found. His aim was to offer passengers a funny, witty, laid-back and playful work of art thanks to amusing, easily readable associations and little figures in white wood. He did not want to confront the metro passenger with a work of art requiring a lot of concentration. The panel represents little people who are going back to work after the holidays. Most of these characters who rush along the metro corridors are still half asleep and surprised.
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MARC MENDELSON (1915 – 2013)
After his studies at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, he founded the “Jeune Peinture Belge – Jonge Belgische schilderkunst” (Young Belgian painting) in 1945. We can distinguish between two main periods in his work: an abstract period with large, severe works that are monochrome and sombre canvases in heavy materials and another unrealistic and anecdotal period with lots of colours, and impertinent, humoristic associations and elements. Throughout his work, his artistic nature shows a refined feel for lines, colours as well as the arrangement of specific images on a surface and the use of contrasts.