The church, standing 10 meters tall, was constructed in 2011 using 30 tons of stacked wheathered steel and 2,000 columns of metal, consisting of 100 seperate layers. By using staggered horizontal plates, gaps allow visitors to see through the walls and out towards the landscape.
A perspective piece, the church may appear as a massive building, or a structure that dissolves – partly or completely into the landscape – depending on the perspective of the viewer.
Inside the church itself, looking outward, visitors witness an abstract play of lines that reshapes the landscape around the building. Both the church and the landscape can be considered part of the work – the church itself creates a subjective experience making parts of the landscape visible, and vice versa.
“The design of the church is based on the architecture of the multitude of churches in the region, but through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art,” write the designers.
Aside from the church itself, ‘Reading Behind the Lines’ was also designed to draw awareness to an increasing number of abandoned churches within the Haspengouw region, adding to the debate of how historic, but empty buildings should be handled.
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