La Flèche - Jean-Pierre Raynaud

Kalvekeetdijk 179
8300 Knokke-Heist

La Flèche is a monumental artwork by the internationally-renowned French artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud. It was installed on Tuesday 27 November 2018 in the field on the corner of Kalvekeetdijk and Natiënlaan. It consists of an enormous, 18-metre tall arrow, which serves as an artistic beacon for the future events site and parking lot on the fringe, in Westkapelle. It was donated to the town by the entrepreneur Joris Ide, who hails from Knokke-Heist. The huge sculpture was transported to Knokke-Heist overnight, from Brussels, by extraordinary transport.

Life and death, danger and shelter, openness and closedness have become essential obsessions in Jean-Pierre Raynaud’s art. From 1963 onwards, he creates Psycho-objects, combining various random everyday objects such as scissors, screwdrivers, rattles, high chairs, ladders, flower containers and chains in assemblages. All the objects are always painted with red or white lacquer. Raynaud transforms his flower containers into monumental sculptures, by enlarging or stacking them or even aligning four thousand of them in endless rows. He covers walls, ceilings and floors with white tiles and creates pedestal-shaped sculptures in public space.