Rue de la Laine
At the request of the City of Mouscron, we worked with artist A Squid Called Sebastian to create an ode to the wool industry for which the region was known back in the day. While the industry has left since then, we brought the story of the process of processing wool to life. Special attention is paid to the first stages of production: the collection of the wool and the process of the fabric. The walls in question were often used as a place for illegal graffiti, which made the impact of a quality work even greater.
The first drawing shows the raw material in its basic form. Here we see how it is obtained in its first phase. To emphasize the historical value of the tradition, no mechanical scissors are shown here, but scissors as used in the past. The second mural focuses on the processing of wool. Here we see how the fabric is processed. In the background we can also see a textile shuttle. It is found in the machines used to process textiles. Another nod to the industry.
During the works, the road was only partly open, but in the meantime the whole project has been completed and you can see all the works on the Route de la Laine!
A Squid Called Sebastian (ASCS) was born in America and came into contact with street art and graffiti at an early age. In 1989 he moved with his parents to Belgium, where he followed an artistic training. The focus was on comic strip drawing, which sparked a penchant for Japanese and oriental drawings. In his current work he combines and translates his drawings and studio work into images, often with organic and animal subjects. Characteristic for this artist are also the oriental inspired expressive masks, which are often part of his emotional and surrealistic world. His murals are full of symbolism where a story, personal or otherwise, is attached.