In 2016, Ukrainian artist Waone and French artists Kan and Levalet were given artistic control over the Saint-Lazare Station in Paris. This was yet again another opportunity for Quai 36 to partner with SNCF Gares & Connexions to revitalize a station for travellers and also the station staff.
Levalet’s works above all consist of drawings and installations, which showcase characters drawn with Indian ink in public spaces. In a game of visual and semantic dialogue with their present environment, his characters interact with the architecture and public property. Levalet created three pieces of work in the station:
"Complaints Office" located at level 2 of the station, overlooking the mailboxes, facing the tracks 1/2.
"Conflict of interest" located near the fountain on the transversal platform facing tracks 19/20.
"Rise up" on a cross platform post facing tracks 20/21.
The artist Kan, from the famous crew Da Mental Vaporz and street pointillism specialist, paid tribute to the Impressionists with a very graphic interpretation of Monet’s “The Poppies”, blooming up the columns in the passage facing tracks 8/9.
Waone’s work explores the language of fairy tales offering passersby of track 27, a neo-surrealist and abstract journey. Waone’s colorful artwork includes many elements: sun, stairs, hands and cubic forms.