‘plate’ by bernard gigounon and lucile soufflet
belgian artist bernard gigounon has collaborated with designer lucile soufflet to create the large-scale public installation ‘the plate’.
the artwork is characterized by an over-sized plate shattered into shards, resting on the sidewalk and is a direct reference to
la louvière’s ceramics manufacturing heritage – a town that has manufactured plates for 160 years.
the artist describes the philosophy behind the mammoth crockery:
‘the huge broken plate can be seen as both an archeological artifact – an expression of the industry’s decline and as an incongruous
surreal object. themes such as fragility, impermanence and the passage of time are not frequently dealt with in public space and thus,
the plate highlights the dynamism of constant mutation‘.
the work is a direct reference to the municipality of la louvière’s ceramics manufacturing heritage
the installation is ‘an expression of the industry’s decline and as an incongruous surreal object‘