Dake 25 is one of the nine winners of the “9 visions” call for projects. Launched in 2018, this call for projects brought together nine artists and focused on a specific theme. The 30 metres of fences, located on the rue du Marché aux Poulets and, in part, surrounding the future administrative centre of the City of Brussels, are the canvas on which the artists have a small space to express themselves on the theme “BXL bouge pour vous, avec vous et grâce à vous” (BXL moves for you, with you and thanks to you). The aim is to showcase Brussels as a creative, vibrant city that is constantly evolving – a city that is embracing modernity; a smart city.
Brussels is a cosmopolitan city, a metropolis where history and art can be found at every street corner. It is a city that is closely bound to its past but it has also turned its attention to modernity and the globalisation. Magritte’s apple, cut in half and floating in the middle of leaves and emerging from the inside of the head of the Manneken-Pis captures an image of the creativity that is in constant flux in our city. The colours and the sunglasses confer a youthful, humorous and modern take on globalisation with a distinctive view of the city inspired by the work of René Magritte. Ecology is an on-going concern in all of the artist’s projects. In this work he wanted to shine a light on this viewpoint of Brussels, where the buildings cohabit with nature and people, an atmosphere so characteristic of a smart city that it also takes the significance of the environment into account. Bees are a central theme in his works in order to draw attention to their disappearance. In short, his “Manneken” project is a surrealist piece of urban art, made in Brussels!