90-metre-long brightly-coloured arch to give Mons street a makeover
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
A Belgian artist is giving the top of rue Nimy in Mons a makeover. Arne Quinze will put up his ‘’Wooden Installation’’ there, a 90-meter-long urban structure made of wood, the largest structure erected for the Mons 2015 (European capital of culture) celebrations. Building work for ‘’Wooden Installation’’ started on Monday and will last approximately 20 days. ‘’Wooden Installation’’ by Arne Quinze will stay in place for 5 years at the top of rue Nimy, in downtown Mons. The artist collaborated with students from Art2 (Mons art school), who are helping with the construction.
The urban arch-shaped structure will be 90 metres long and 18 metres wide and located between the Saint Elizabeth church and the Maison Losseau foundation, which will be the literary centre of Mons 2015. Once in place, ‘’Wooden Installation’’ will not impede normal vehicle and pedestrian traffic, but traffic diversions have been set up in Mons during the construction phase.
‘’Wooden Installation’’ will be the largest urban project celebrating Mons 2015. It is an arch made of bright colour-washed boards, reminiscent of a ‘’forest of matches’’. A first attempt in Nevada in 2006 made Arne Quinze world-famous. Brussels inhabitants have already been able to admire another ‘’Wooden Installation’’ by Qunize in Avenue de la Toison d’Or, where a forest of boards linked the 2 Parliament buildings.
The inauguration ceremony of the Mons work is planned for Saturday, December 6th at 7.00pm.