L'ARC MAJEUR BY BERNAR VENET
“In 1984 French Minister of Culture Jack Lang invited me to create a sculpture for the motorway. Art was beginning to emerge from the museum to take its place in the public domain and make itself available to the greatest possible number of people. I had just begun my ‘Arch’ sculptures and had imagined a very large one which people would be able to pass through in one direction or in the other, as the sculpture would straddle the road. This fine idea remained on my drawing board and in my head, until one day in 2014 when Bernard Serin came to find me and ask me for news about the project. So 30 years after I first imagined it, we have been able to pick it up again thanks to his enthusiasm and energy, and present it to the Walloon authorities. The adventure was back on the road!
I identified an ideal location on the motorway to Luxembourg: it is important to be able to have first sight of the sculpture from a long way back and to approach it – or is it the sculpture which is approaching us…? I worked on the dimensions and on integration into the landscape, and I am particularly happy that the sides of the road follow its curves. I am happy to donate this work to all the drivers, workers or tourists who are making their way along this route”. B. VENET (May 2017)
A MONUMENTAL WORK WHICH RADIATES WALLOON KNOW-HOW AT AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
L'Arc Majeur is made up of two monumental arches, the larger of which culminates at 60 metres. Manufactured in the Welding Expertise Center of the John Cockerill Group in Seraing, this 250 tonne work in Corten steel has been given to the Walloon region and installed at kilometre marker 99 (Rochefort) of the E 411 motorway. It thus becomes part of the artistic and patrimonial heritage of the Region and will help radiate Walloon know-how beyond its borders. The work was inaugurated in the autumn of 2019.
A COLLECTIVE WORK TO THE BENEFIT OF ART AND TECHNOLOGY
L'Arc Majeur has been the subject of a substantial communication and media campaign. A prestige publication along with numerous digital and media tools ensure its notoriety and its recognition by tourists. Numerous partners are involved in this operation, thus creating one of the most substantial collective public-private partnerships ever undertaken in Belgium.
For more info : www.arcmajeur.com