Wall composition in painted wood (1993)

In François Schuiten’s drawings, there are almost always more buildings than people. For Porte de Hal station, the artist designed a playful piece that is totally in keeping with his works as a comic strip artist. The picture evokes a modern city, combining sky-scrapers and fragments of authentic “old trams” which seem to spring out of the station walls, turning the metro into a link between the past and the future. The work of art in Porte de Hal station is inspired by the architecture in “Brüsel”, an album from the “Cités Obscures” (Dark cities) series. It is not the only large-scale work by this comic strip artist that is on display in Brussels. Schuiten also designed a comic strip wall in Belgium’s capital city. He also designed the decoration for Arts et Métiers metro station in Paris.