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BENOÎT (VAN INNIS) - L’OLIVIER

SOME CULTURE...

2016

The attacks of 22 March 2016 destroyed part of the work of Benoît Van Innis. The artist proposed replacing the damaged fresco (located at the entrance on the Chaussée d’Etterbeek side) with a new work in honour of the victims, representing an olive tree. Symbolically imbued with a message of hope and peace, “L’Olivier” (The olive tree) was created using the same techniques: enamel paint applied with a brush on ceramic tiles, before being baked in a kiln to make the materials resistant. The work incorporates a poem by the Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca. It has been transcribed into French and Dutch on either side of the work. Translations into German, Spanish, English, Arabic, Russian and Chinese have also been added.