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The ISL Lower School building added a splash of colour to its foyer on Thursday with the installation of a 7-metre panorama painting of Luxembourg by artist Ben Carter.
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg
Installation d'un oeuvre d'art panorama de Luxembourg Ville 7 metres de Ben Carter, Foto Tania Feller, ISL, International School of Luxembourg

(CS) The ISL Lower School building added a splash of colour to its foyer on Thursday with the installation of a 7-metre panorama painting of Luxembourg by artist Ben Carter.

Spread across six canvases, the painting took around nine months to complete, Carter explained on site, requiring a rigorous schedule for planning, painting and framing to get everything finished on time. “You have to keep the momentum going,” he said.

The installation was the final push for the artistic “baby”, and like every proud parent, Carter was “excited to finally see it.”

With the students safely in their classrooms, the installation nonetheless drew quite a crowd, with ISL director Chris Bowman and numerous staff members coming to inspect the artwork, which was commissioned by the school and chosen by a committee, including representatives from ISL, but also public authorities.

Carter was selected for the project through an application process, with a public call for proposals published last year.

“Colourful and vibrant”

Stretching beyond the City of Luxembourg, the left-hand side of the panorama also includes the steel works, which then merge into the Gare, the BCEE building and from there, there is a “natural flow into the heart of the City,” Carter said.

In all parts of the painting, there are traces of red colour, as a “reminder of the industrial heritage.”

With Carter well-known for his vistas of the Grand Duchy's capital, there is also a very personal touch to this particular project. Pont Adolphe, captured on the left, features the initials of a close friend who committed suicide several years ago, alongside a RIP message. “That bridge reminds me of him. It's his bridge in my eyes.”

This tribute is mirrored on the right by the initials of Carter's 1-year-old daughter on the Corniche. “It's a contrast between life and death,” he said - a contrast also captured by the declining steel industry on the left and the Kirchberg financial centre on the far right.

Whether or not the children will pick up on the panorama's nuances, there was a surprise waiting for them on their Thursday lunch break.

Ultimately, the goal was for the painting to be “colourful and vibrant,” Carter said. “It's for a school with young kids. I didn't want it to be too serious.”

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