Cécile Pitois

The Atomium’s Lil’ Sisters


The Housing Authority of the Bruxelles-Capitale region —SLRB— commissioned Cécile Pitois to design a public work of art for the Laeken neighbourhood. This commission is part of the 101e % programme, where artists are commissioned to create perennial works of art that display a strong relationship with the speci c context of social housing. Cécile Pitois’ proposal includes three distinct yet complementary projects: The Refuge of Dreams, Requiem for a Star and The Atomium’s Lil’ Sisters. All three refer to the 1958 World’s Fair and speci cally to the nearby Atomium, recalling an era of prosperity, of dreams —of utopianism, even— that the inhabitants of Brussels still remember.