Three murals created by the artist Tania Mouraud have been installed in Dunkirk as part of the new triennial ‘Gigantisme’ running from the 4th of May through to 5th January 2020. Commissioned by a grant from Rubis, two monumental works were created in-situ for the Rubis Terminal port, which manages the commerce and stocking of fuel, while the other is installed on a façade in the centre of the town.
Inspired by a verse from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, “Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes”, the port-side murals transcribe the phrase in both French and English in large black letters, stretched to the extreme. At the mural in the town centre, visitors will find the writings of Mouraud herself, which translate to, ‘A space to dream in each city, an eternity space.’ According to the artist “the difficulty one has reading these words transforms the giant text into an abstract, geometric décor which highlights its architectural backdrop.”
At the intersection between art and industry, the ‘Gigantisme’ triennial presents over 200 works across a 4000m2 space near to the industrial wasteland of the Halle AP2 at the FRAC Grand Large and the Lieu d’Art et Action Contemporaine (LAAC).