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Foto: Matthijs van der Burgt
Laureate cat. Specific elements in steel

Alien sculpture in the landscape

A giant sculpture has been erected at the highest point of the Kempense Heuvelrug near Kasterlee. This permanent structure, which sits atop the 30 m high dormant land dune of the Hoge Mouw has been designed especially for the site, and comprises a faceted head made up of 2,115 welded-together 6 mm metal triangles in the form of a dome. Pieces have been cut out in places and you can walk into the hollow space within the sculpture from one side. The colossus measures 6 x 5 x 3 m and weighs around 2 tonnes, its size bringing to mind excavated fragments of sculptures from ancient times. The work thus toys with art-historical and site-specific references that spring from the extraordinary nature of the place, whilst at the same time forming a new, alien element in the landscape that fuels the creation of new myths.
  • Provinciaal Groendomein Hoge Mouw, Kasterlee
  • Provincie Antwerpen, Retie
  • Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Leuven
    Architect / Designer
  • Ney & Partners, Watermaal-Bosvoorde
    Structural engineering
  • Arel, Balen
    General contractor
  • Arel, Balen
    Steel contractor
  • Ney & Partners
    Infosteel Members