“August 30, 1991, Tokyo “A Jesmonite sculpture in tribute to a historic long jump!
A work by Pierre Larauza
Since September 2, 2021, the day of the inauguration, residents and passers-by have been able to admire, close to the Roi Baudouin stadium in Laeken, the magnificent creation in tribute to athlete Mike Powell’s long jump world record, unbeaten since 1991.
A perfect representation of the trajectory of the historic leap,
whose shoe has been created in great detail and in multiple positions, and which brings to fruition a work initiated in 2011 and built over several years with a lengthy documentary process (decomposition of movement, reconstitution of the original shoes from archive photographs, meeting of the artist and the athlete in Los Angeles in 2019).
For this, the artist used products from the Jesmonite brand, known for their strength, lightness and, above all, their ability to create with extreme precision.
We’re more than delighted to have had the honor of working behind the scenes on this wonderful project, and to have been able to accompany Pierre Larauza, a talented artist!
If you’d like to see it for yourself,
don’t hesitate to visit us in Brussels. You can even try your hand at the long jump, thanks to a real jump and a 40-meter-long runway.
An urban initiative that links art and sport, and has won over the elected representatives of the City of Brussels.
Where? Avenue Houba de Strooper, 145 1020 Brussels – Laeken (Metro Houba-Brugmann)
Dear Pierre, we are curious, could you explain your choice for the products in the Jesmonite range?
“The choice fell naturally on this range of products when I learned of their many advantages in terms of resistance and precision. I also appreciated the ease of use and the richness of the pigmentation work. Finally, its non-toxicity proved to be a definite advantage, compared with epoxy resin, for example.”
Do you have any tips you’ve learned in the course of your work that you’d like to pass on to others who want to work with this product?
“Although Jesmonite is inherently very strong, fiberglass shavings can be added to reinforce certain parts of a piece.”