artwork in public space, mural 36×12m, interactive sound, BE, 2011
At the request of Ghent City Council, Anouk De Clercq designed a monument to students. In the vacant space of the Saint Peter’s Square car park, near the church of Saint Peter’s Abbey, on the large wall beside the stairs, she created a work that runs over several levels.
The image on the wall in the underground car park of Saint Peter’s Square portrays a library full of book spines, composed in a rhythm of rectangles in various sizes and shades of grey. An abstract library. The rhythm of the image is reinforced by an interactive soundscape: the minute you approach the mural, you will be able to hear a gentle sound. As you climb or descend the stairs, you will be treated to a different layer of sound as you reach the individual levels of this empty space.
Anouk De Clercq derived her inspiration for Monument from the nearby Book Tower. With this work she makes the link between knowledge – one aspect of student life she wished to see emphasized – and the historical significance of the surrounding area.
Official inauguration on October 21 2011.
Commissioned by Ghent City Council, De Nieuwe Opdrachtgevers
In collaboration with Anton Aeki, Arte Constructo, Erwin De Muer, Magma, Johan Vandermaelen
Photography by Kristien Daem
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of Interreg IVa project Shaping 24
Thank you Rudy Coddens, Lieven Decaluwe, Joost Declercq, Anke Dhaene, Marie Logie, Gino Pecqueux, Paul Robbrecht, Daniel Termont, Véronique Vaes, Johan Van de Wiele, Astrid Van Ingelgom