Gateway (Passerelle) in Esch/Alzette
From the start it was evident that the series “Architecture & Mobility” should include three stamps each representing a work of art.
The selection of the themes was made based on the following criteria:
- Each design represents a link between mobility and architecture.
- Each design is to be functional as well as aesthetic.
- The designs represent quality architecture, such as buildings or exceptional architectural projects.
- Only buildings or construction projects in Luxembourg are allowed as themes for the stamps.
In keeping with these criteria, the "Office des Timbres" has selected the following three subjects:
- The “Belval-Université” station in Esch/Alzette, by the "Atelier d’Architecture et de Design Jim Clemes".
- The gateway (“passerelle”) in Esch/Alzette, “Building of the Year 2010”, by the architectural firms "Metaform sàrl" and "Ney&Partners".
- The project of the architectural firm "SteinmetzDeMeyer" dedicated to the proposed link between the Upper Town and the Pfaffenthal district.
The "Office des Timbres" commissioned the Luxembourger painter Christian Frantzen for the “artistic” reproduction of these themes on the stamps. Christian Frantzen is well known in the Grand Duchy for his personal style. In his work, he often chooses subjects such as architecture and urban landscapes.
For Christian Frantzen, his style emanates from “realism”. “It is the graphical representation that dominates my works. One often finds in them a multitude of lines. I prefer to paint architecture, but I also produce works inspired by great cities which form a part of pop art. Here, the image is dominated, forexample, by multicoloured publicity posters.”
As for the stamps of the series “Architecture & Mobility”, Frantzen, who studied plastic arts, said: “The designs were my biggest challenge with respect to this commission.
As usual, I chose the subjects that I wanted to paint. But this challenge was quite thrilling to me and I am delighted by the fact that my style of painting is now found on stamps that will travel the world.”
In the original versions, each stamp is an oil painting 80 x 62 cm in size.
“I paint for pleasure and for ambition.”
|Price of the series:||1,20 + 2,20 + 4,00 = 7,40€|
|Drawings:||Christian Frantzen (L)|
|Printing:||High-resolution offset by bpost Stamps Factory, Malines (B)|
|Dimensions of the stamps:||40,15 x 29,75 mm, 10 stamps per sheet.|