New commission by Daniel Buren unveiled at Gare de Liège-Guillemins, Belgium
25 October 2022
The Santiago Calatrava-designed Liège-Guillemins station in Belgium has been transformed with major commission by Daniel Buren. From 15 October for one year, the space is illuminated with a vibrant wash of color through this monumental temporary work.
The work, entitled Comme tombées du ciel, les couleurs in situ et en mouvement, harmonizes with the rhythmic architecture by Calatrava and floods the railway station with a bold interplay of colorful light. The artwork has been deployed across the vast array of glass panels comprising the station’s canopy, and will be in constant transformation as it responds to the shifting light throughout the day and changing seasons.
Embarking on the ambitious project, the artist underwent a precise analysis of the ‘as-is’ notion, taking a minimalist approach to transforming something that already existed. Squares of pink, green, blue, white and orange form a checkerboard pattern on the station's roof, while its side panels display stripes of red and yellow, reminiscent of Buren's siganture works featuring striped cotton panels.
Photos-souvenirs: Daniel Buren, Comme tombées du ciel, les couleurs in situ et en mouvement, gare de Liège-Guillemins, Liège (Belgium), October 15 2022 - October 15 2023. Details © DB-ADAGP Paris