Wanted: Street artists to decorate Brussels tram tunnel entrances
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    Wanted: Street artists to decorate Brussels tram tunnel entrances

    Wednesday, 17 July 2019
    A section of de wand, the result of a previous initiative. Credit: Wikipedia

    Street art is booming in Brussels, and transport operator STIB and the Brussels Region have taken notice with the launch of a new project.

    Aspiring to brighten up the entrances to the tram and pre-metro tunnels, Brussels Mobility is searching for street artists who want to take care of the walls.

    The call for proposals aims to give street artists the opportunity to immortalise their work in the city, as already happened on the walls of the De Wand tram stop in Laeken.

    Located near Atomium, along tramway lines 4, 19 and 23, the De Wand station “The Walk”, is a massive work of art created by 30 graffiti artists from Belgium and beyond. The project cost €200,000, took 9 days, and 6000 spray paint cans.

    With the newly announced project, street artists are given the opportunity to paint the walls of the entrances and exits of underground tram tunnels. The first project is planned for as early as October 2019, and will be at the Lemonnier tram stop and Gare du Midi.

    In the spring of 2020, street artists will also be allowed to decorate the walls of the North Station and stop Simonis.

    Jules Johnston
    The Brussels Times