This nine metre long mosaic was created in one of the Parc metro station corridors. For observers, the work evokes construction and building sites. The colours of the marble and the fragments of mosaic are refined and well matched in black, grey, off-white, yellow, red brown and ochre. The slight irregularities in shape and size, as well as the intentionally rough surface of certain types of stones reinforce the references to construction materials and the constructions themselves. In the linear balance of the vertical and horizontal, the sloping parts bring slight contrasting movements. Roger Dudant has commented on the marble and stone used in the work: “These materials have resisted the ravages of time and they now bring a touch of poetry to the underground world of Brussels.”
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ROGER DUDANT (1929 – 2008)
Almost from the very beginning of his career, Roger Dudant has drawn inspiration from his region - Hainaut - for his work. The rural landscape and industrial development are the themes of his work. The painter rethinks and reshapes elements such as the field, the path, the factory, the hangar, the building site, the machine, the power pylon, rails, electric wires and signals. A network of vertical and horizontal lines, sometimes thinner, sometimes thicker, supports the composition and plays an important role in it. The reduction to the essential often goes so far that the natural point of departure can no longer be identified. His compositions are studied transformations of observed realities. Roger Dudant was a pupil of Paul Delvaux, who taught him the principles and practice of his art.