Patrick Croes 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.
This piece is full of energy and “swarming” in order to capture the creative abundance that characterises our city. The image is mainly focused on characters, these are a representation of the types and genres that can be found in a democratic society. These characters are fairly nuanced in order to avoid stigmatisation or stereotypes (for example, in order to represent the multicultural aspect of our city, one character appears in green). The second topic that arises out of the overall composition is transport and its respect for the environment. The last point targets our cultural and culinary heritage, these familiar and popular symbols are linked to a unifying and universal dimension.