Parvis de Saint-Gilles
It is an entirely plastic work, in which the borders of different European countries intertwine in a subtle play of lines. The colour blue dominates the station and embraces passengers completely in work of art where an extract of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights appears in white letters. She juggles, as it were, with mosaics, to which she gives a function by decorating them with words that spread a message for democracy. Her dream is to make an international network of human rights to shake commuters from their lethargy. She describes the work of art in Parvis de Saint Gilles station as: "The metro evokes the relation between European borders and human rights".
Françoise Schein (Brussels, 1953)
Schein trained as an architect in Brussels and New York. "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (1948) is one of the themes that is very close to her heart. She has developed this theme in several cities in order to build an international network of democracy. Her first work on this subject was for the Concorde station in the Paris metro. The next cities were Brussels, Lisbon, Haïfa, Stockholm, London and Berlin. To start with, Françoise Schein was above all known for her drawings, but gradually she moved more towards sculpture and later on to urban projects, particularly projects in the metro. The city fascinates her. This artist-architect started to see the city more and more as its living beings with stories to tell. She has a long list of sculptures, personal and group exhibitions and publications to her name.