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Public wooden installation — Brussels, Belgium

The Sequence

‘The Sequence’, an 80 metre long and 15 metre high sculpture immediately provided the direct vicinity of the Flemish parliament with a new feeling of zest. Since November 2008, a gigantic wooden construction has dominated the Louvain Road and connects the Flemish parliament to the House of Flemish Representatives. A bended and twisting structure seems to be penetrating both buildings and therewith gives the illusion of both buildings being inextricably connected with each another.

The structure, located above the centre platform and supported by wooden posts ranging from 8 and 16 metres high, hovers above the street. Arne Quinze’s construction, placed in front of the Flemish parliament, which already has a rich tradition of gathering modern works of art, provides a unique billboard. People deliberately come down to this neighbourhood to experience the manner in which the sculpture explicitly changes the street scene.

‘The Sequence’ builds a bridge between people. The visible connection between the Flemish parliament and its Administrative Centre
reflects the connection between all the different neighbours in Brussels. A meeting between all cultures present in our capital.

Evoking communication and social interaction is Arne Quinze’s biggest artistic driving force. Primarily by means of his large-scale constructions located in public places, he has amazed many a passer-by. Cities like open-air museums: building and realizing attractive cities is a recurring theme in his conviction that our society benefits from being confronted with works of art. Art has a positive influence on the general feeling of wellbeing and gives people the opportunity to open up to different approaches to that, which they are looking at. Turning negative attitudes into positive ones and assuring that people are not afraid to talk to strangers is the exact way in which human relations should evolve. Public art is therefore Arne Quinze's means to achieve this.

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