October 2016, the two creators of this gigantic fresco are voiceless, thanks to MDY their work has taken on a new dimension. Indeed, until now Daniel and Gregory saw their realization only in the form of a model model and today it thrones on the facade of the Rokin metro station in Amsterdam.
From the conception to the realization of the project, three years were necessary to conceive this fresco in natural stones. Initially, the two artists developed the design of the mosaic. They decided to take inspiration from the archaeological objects found when the station was built.
In Amsterdam, subway passengers had a strange surprise when they got off at Rokin station. A huge crocodile was waiting for them! Don’t panic, this last one is made of marble and natural stones. It is the MDY company, specialized in the shaping of marble which is at the origin of this incredible realization imagined by two artists: Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel.
A fresco of various objects:
On the fresco the travellers discover objects and animals arranged in a random way. On the front of the station you will find a butterfly next to a flute and a pair of shoes. The purpose of this performance is to make passengers react by surprising them. But the drawings each have their own little story, the crocodile represents the jaw found during the excavations. As for the tie, it designates the workers who participated in this project.
Laying natural stone slabs:
The fresco is composed of several hundred natural stone plates. The marble and natural stones come from Vietnam, they were shaped by the MDY company in their workshop located in Brittany.
Once the plates are made, they are numbered and sent to Amsterdam where a team of installers is dedicated to the installation of the plates.
Marble and natural stones bring extraordinary colours to the illustrations. Overall the colors are rather sober to create an atmosphere of serenity and calm in front of these incredible drawings. At Rokin Station, each traveller creates their own story by looking at these various symbols.
For the renewal of the Rokin station in downtown Amsterdam, sculptors Gregory Gicquel and Daniel Dewar were selected to create the two frescoes. This is one of 8 stations on the new north-south line, with a length of 190 m and platforms about 22 m deep. Its daily capacity is 57 500 passengers.