Art in the Village
Love Imperfection by Delphine
A royal Village takeover
As a leading lifestyle destination, Maasmechelen Village works hard to provide guests with a unique and all-encompassing shopping experience that showcases the best the country has to offer. As part of that ambition, the Village regularly collaborates with both up-and-coming and high-profile artists to bring art to the heart of the Village – and closer to the people.
For a brand-new summer collaboration, Her Royal Highness Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, Princess of Belgium, is taking over the Village with never-before-seen art and a series of interactive installations. Introducing: Love Imperfection by Delphine.
Love Imperfection by Delphine
In times of increased negativity and pressure from society and social media, Her Royal Highness Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, Princess of Belgium, will be using her Village takeover to spread a message of self-love and empowerment.
The theme of the takeover, Love Imperfection, focuses on celebrating uniqueness and individuality, and manifesting love and happiness despite the challenges life throws at you. A powerful message that aims to empower Village guests to embrace everything that makes them unique – flaws and all!
I feel it has become more important than ever to actively inspire people to embrace and love their so-called ‘imperfections’. I want my art to remind them that perfection is a lie, and that whatever life throws at them – it’s important to never give up
As part of her Village takeover, Her Royal Highness Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, Princess of Belgium, has created a brand-new custom artwork. The cheerful statement heart pattern in the artist’s signature colourist style was specifically designed to speak to guests of all ages.
“I’ve been working with the love theme for quite a few years already, but this is the very first time I used hearts in an art piece. I wanted the art to be as accessible as possible for everyone – even two-year-olds. The goal is for people to see the hearts and colours and just feel cheerful and optimistic.”
Interactive art installations
The art takeover by Her Royal Highness Princess Delphine of Saxe-Coburg, Princess of Belgium, is centred around three brand-new custom art installations, including a larger-than-life wishing tree, a funhouse mirror installation, and a spectacular transformation of Manneken Pis into ‘Delphineken Pis’. The installations were designed to inspire guests to love life – and to reflect on their own self-image.
“Maasmechelen Village is a destination where people come to shop and enjoy the finer things in life. As an artist, I think it’s interesting to put a message of self-love and embracing imperfection right at the heart of a location where people may come to shop for things that make them look or feel more perfect. It’s a wonderful tension to play with.”
Humour has always been a recurring theme for Delphine. It’s a way to take negativity and turn it into a positive force of empowerment. Delphineken Pis is the embodiment of our Belgian silliness. It takes us back to the discovery of comedy and reminds us that we’re all still children inside. To get to the bottom of what Delphineken Pis stands for, you’ll have to channel your inner child. Remember, it’s never too late to stop growing up.
Imperfection & Reflection
Mirrors don’t lie. They force you to see yourself for who you are. When we look at ourselves, we often focus on our imperfections. We try to change them and pretend to be someone we’re not. It’s exhausting and depressing. With this mirror installation, Delphine exaggerates our imperfections so much, we can’t help but laugh. By associating our imperfections with a positive emotion, we can start to accept ourselves. No matter who you are or what you look like, only you can judge yourself. But don’t be too harsh. With thought-provoking questions, Delphine encourages you to see yourself in a new light.
When Delphine was bombarded by negativity and gossip, she became obsessed with the positive power of words. It’s how “blabla” came to be and how she discovered the therapeutic abilities of writing. It sets you free. The wish tree invites you to write out your deepest thoughts and hang them on its branches. Even though your wishes are surrounded by so many others, they will stay private. No one will identify yours. So don’t be afraid to let go. Every ribbon supports the Make a Wish foundation. Your wish will make someone else’s come true.
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