The initiative comes from Urbana, the organization also responsible for many of the city’s comic murals such as Thorgal & Aaricia and Benoît Brisefer. The non-profit also supports street art unrelated to comics, like they did earlier this year with Les Géants d’Anderlecht (The Giants of Anderlecht) in April. Fifteen artists were offered the chance to decorate nine- to ten-meter-high pillars in a graffiti-friendly area known as “The Hall of Fame of Neerpede,” resulting in some beautiful work like Steve Locatelli’s image of Stromae.
The new project in the middle of town will hopefully achieve the same, except with portraits of unknowns and on an even bigger scale. For anyone dedicated to sprucing up the city with contemporary urban art like Urbana is, the 150 meters of panels surrounding the BNP Paribas Fortis site, of course, presented an amazing opportunity. Its location on the Mont des Arts, only a few steps from cultural temple Bozar and close to the central railway station, ensures that many people, locals and tourists alike, are bound to bump into the 40 different faces staring out onto Rue Ravenstein.
To make things even more intriguing, all 80 of those eyes will be at the same height as well, explains Nicolas Morreel of Urbana: “When driving by on the bus, you’ll be looking into the eyes of the portraits.” The project’s name, INTERFACE, is especially intriguing in this respect, referring to both the faces that will grace the Mont des Arts as well as our smartphone-loving methods of communication. And since 40 artists from different disciplines were invited, we can surely expect a very diverse collection of frescoes.