AGELESS LOVE (DELPHINE VAN SAKSEN-COBURG)
The monumental sculpture is probably the most remarkable sculpture in the city. Not only because of the artist's fame but also because of the exceptional circumstances in which the work of art was created.
In any case, it is the right sculpture, in the right place, at the right time.
Delphine's entire oeuvre revolves around the expression of emotions. Her personal life, her struggle for recognition and respect are inextricably linked to her artistic realizations.
Ageless Love was created during an exceptional period. The festive unveiling coincides, almost day by day, with the rapprochement and reconciliation of the artist with her royal family. At the same time, the second corona wave is heading straight for a disastrous climax.
The confluence of these events gives this sculpture a special significance. More than ever, there is a need for solidarity and love. Especially among the weaker fellow human beings, the seniors and young people, but also among the care and assistance workers who reside or work at this site. The monumental sculpture radiates an incredibly positive message. The cold steel is forged into love. The letters of the word 'love' are airy, elegant and dashing. Only the 'o' and 'v' rest on a pedestal in the form of a gold nugget. After all, love is an extremely precious commodity.
Delphine's art transforms personal, often very traumatic experiences into a warm and positive attitude towards life.
Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, Princess of Belgium, was born in Uccle on February 22, 1968. She is an illegitimate daughter of King Albert II of Belgium and bears the name Delphine Boël until October 1, 2020.
In London, she is studying art at the Chelsea School of Arts and Design. Her art is often a reference to royal states but also an indictment of hypocrisy, harshness and sensationalism. The need for affection, recognition, and love is constantly addressed.
She has exhibited work at the Venice Biennale (2003), at the Museum of Ixelles (2017) and in various outdoor and domestic galleries. She is a guest lecturer at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Antwerp (2002) and at the Art Academy of Maastricht (2002).
In 2020 she will make a large painting for the Red Cross of Belgium. For Kunst in de Stad vzw she designs the monumental sculpture in corten steel 'Ageless Love' , Gerdapark, Abingdonstraat in Sint-Niklaas.
Kunst in de Stad, October 17th 2020