THE LADY AND THE ARCHITECT
A mural for an architecture firm next to the busy ring road in Leuven, part of a master plan to reopen a forgotten corner of the city.
For DMOA architects, an architecture firm in Leuven (Belgium), we were asked to place a mural on a plain facade they're staring at every day. In 2017 the construction of their own offices started (and completed), and now the building across theirs is being renovated completely. The entire area behind the newly constructed offices is a forgotten corner of the city and is now overgrown with vegetation. A little river called 'De Molenbeek' runs through here. It connects various parks and locations with their own historical value.
To revamp the area, the architects decided to draw up a plan where the regular passer-by would be able to find a little bit of coziness and comfort in newly created green spots. Connecting this urban green space with the outside world could only be done visually, so a mural was certainly in place to attract newcomers who haven’t yet discovered this special pristine place.
The subject of the mural is a reference to the old natural history of the entire area around the city, infused with some ideas of the architects and the artists. The bottom part of the mural refers to the old landscapes just outside of the city, more specifically the 'Molenbeek valley'. Vertically applied is a steel wire structure where clematis and hop will grow on in the coming years.
About the artists
The Lady and the Architect is located near the offices of DMOA architects: Erasme Ruelensvest 21c, Leuven (Belgium)