Les fantômes de Ravenstein / De schimmen van Ravenstein

The mural at the 'Cour Anglaise' of the new Brussels headquarters of the BNP Paribas Fortis bank:


During the first years of construction (2016 - 2022), the site of the new BNP Paribas Fortis building had been fenced off with wooden panels.
A mishmash of about 40 street-artists had then been assigned to cheer up the enclosure with an eclectic series of portraits. It looked like this:


Working directly across the street from the site, at Etablissement d'en face, these faces became our view for a while. When the building was finished the panels with the portraits were gone before the bank's people had the chance of seeing them.

When the BNP Paribas Fortis launched an open call, a contest, to decorate the 400 m² wall of their Cour Anglaise, this was a chance to bring back to life the some of the colourful characters that we had gotten so well acquainted with.

Except this time their appearences would be interpreted by 8 students from the painting section of Brussels' art school La Cambre - floating over a wide horizon in their next life.
Also, they would now live not outside but inside the building - from the public domain to the private - directly across three floors of offices where the bank's employees can enjoy them from their desks at a close proximity.

The BNP Paribas Fortis loved the proposal!






the painters: Alizée Clavaud, Louise Lemmens, Lucien Lyon, Ximena Maldonado, Thaïs Marquet-Ellis, Mahaut Rey, Mirabelle Tjeega, Morgane Trebus


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