At the request of Ghent City Council, Anouk De Clercq designed a monument to students. In the vacant space of the Saint Peter’s Square car park, near the church of Saint Peter’s Abbey, on the large wall beside the stairs, she created a work that runs over several levels. The image on the wall in the underground car park of Saint Peter’s Square portrays a library full of book spines, composed in a rhythm of rectangles in various sizes and shades of grey. An abstract library. The rhythm of the image is reinforced by an interactive soundscape: the minute you approach the mural, you will be able to hear a gentle sound. As you climb or descend the stairs, you will be treated to a different layer of sound as you reach the individual levels of this empty space.
Anouk De Clercq derived her inspiration for Monument from the nearby Book Tower. With this work she makes the link between knowledge – one aspect of student life she wished to see emphasized – and the historical significance of the surrounding area.
Official inauguration on Oct 21 2011.
Commissioner Stad Gent, De Nieuwe Opdrachtgevers
In collaboration with Magma, Arte Constructo, Erwin De Muer, Anton Aeki, Amplus, Piningobini
Images by Kristien Daem
Production Auguste Orts