Olivier Strebelle

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Olivier Strebelle is a Belgian sculptor born in Brussels on 20 January 1927.

Belgian sculptor Olivier Strebelle talks with a group of American writers in his home/studio outside Brussels in January 2009.

His monumental (usually bronze) sculptures adorn many public places in Brussels as well as in Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States.

Strebelle has been a prolific artist for more than 65 years, and his works are found in private collections and public settings around the world. His style has evolved from robust, organic abstract forms to the sinuous lines seen in Athletes' Alley, on the site of the Beijing Olympic Games.

"The Abduction of Europa" in Moscow's Square of Europe

His sculpture "The Abduction of Europa" (French: L'Enlèvement d'Europe) has been on display in the Square of Europe, Moscow since September 2002.

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2008 Beijing Olympics closing ceremony

Athletes Alley[edit]

Coordinates: 40°0′49″N 116°22′22″E / 40.01361°N 116.37278°E / 40.01361; 116.37278 Athletes Alley is a sculpture meant as a gift from Belgium to the city of Beijing, but was not completed in time. It opened shortly after the games ended,[citation needed] having cost over 5 million euros.

The abstract installation is composed of 5 tubular polished stainless steel modules that reach up to 20m height and 100m length (weighing 120T), and is meant to evoke the Olympic rings.

The production of Athletes Alley involved a technological collaboration between the image laboratory of Université Libre de Bruxelles, Tsinghua University, a French engineering consultancy specialising in metallic frame-works (C&E Ingénierie) and a German software company, Sofistik.

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