A heaven of bugs in the Royal Palace of Brussels
|Heaven of Delight - Jan Fabre|
In the 19th century, it was customary for the king of Belgium to give a space in the Royal Palace to contemporary artists. This tradition died with King Leopold II, in 1909. Fortunately, Queen Paola is an art enthusiast and decided to revive the custom.
With the help of 29 young artists, Fabre created Heaven of Delight, a fresco in the Hall of Mirrors at the Royal Palace of Brussels completely out of the glowing shells of jewel-scarabs. It took them 3 months to complete this drudgery.
|Royal Palace Brussels|
It contains various shapes that glow in a greenish-blue light, depending on the angle from which they are viewed. The Royal Palace of Brussels is a palace where the Belgian king carries out his duties. He does audiences there and deals with state affairs. The king does not live in the palace, he lives in the Castle of Laeken.