XAVIER VEILHAN [public work] Lille Flandres station, Lille, France, 2019
Ordered by the French city of Lille in light of their programme « Lille Ville d’art et d’artistes » (Lille city of art and artists), with the support of Vinci Immobilier, Romy was installed on Saturday Septembre 14 on the forecourt of Lille Flandres train station.
The artist has proposed a monochrome sculpture representing the bust of a young enigmatic woman, both unique and universal, that seems to emerge from the ground. Romy is the perfect incarnation of the traveler, her gaze fixed on the train station, as she welcomes visitors from all over the world.
With this work, placed directly on the floor, it is Xavier Veilhan’s intention that she becomes one with the piazza, where tourists and workers, regulars and transients pass daily.
« I wanted the piece to establish its legitimacy by itself: it is a delicate process of integration and implantation – almost like a transplant – to conceive an object that will become, I hope, inseparable from the environment that welcomes it ». (Xavier Veilhan)
« Romy stands as a beacon in the city, a landmark, by its luminous color and captivating silhouette. She is assertive without imposing her monumentality, offering to the inhabitants of Lille a smile and a spot to rest before continuing on their way ». (Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille)
Permanently installed on the forecourt of Lille Flandres train station, Lille (France)
Styrofoam, fiberglass, polyester resin, stainless steel
280 x 240 x 195 cm | 110 1/4 x 94 1/2 x 76 3/4 in.
A purchase by the city of Lille, with the support of Vinci Immobilier