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Art: A Sanctuary Without Walls – Literally.

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I discovered this work of art on FaceBook. Though the intent of the artists was to highlight dwindling church attendance, I am entranced by the thought of meeting in a space so open to the elements.

Below is the article, with some of its photos.


A beautiful church is attracting thousands of visitors to a charming setting in Belgium as people are mesmerized by its structure. No matter where you stand, a new view and landscape can be seen.

Architects Introduce Public Art to Belgium

Belgian architect group, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, constructed the church sculpture out of sheets of metal as part of a Contemporary Art project known as Z33. The popularity amongst visitors and locals is overwhelming for the two young architects who designed it –   Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh.

Visitors From Around The World

The church is located in a remote location near Borgloon in Belgium, but that hasn’t kept crowds away from coming to see the unique structure.

Layers Are Misleading

The church has an elusive appearance, because the sheets of steel from which it is constructed were placed methodically in lines and columns. Sometimes, it looks like parts of the church are even missing.

Religion Revealed Through Art

The architects say it was built as a representation of Belgium religion, which is dwindling in rural cultures.

Capturing The Emptiness Of Area Churches

Many small parish churches still stand in this area of Belgium, but because of declining attendance, some of the churches have become abandoned.

Peeking Through

With a staggered and stacked construction, the surrounding landscape is visible through the “walls” of the church. The architects wanted it to be both present and yet absent.

Looking From The Inside Out

Viewing the church from the inside out gives a completely new view and adds an amazing perspective to this structure.

Blessed by the Blazing Sun

Sunlight brings a dazzling display inside as can be seen in this view looking up towards the inside of the spire.

Many Variations On The View

Whether you are standing on the ground or have an aerial view, the church can take on a new look with each change in direction.

Popularity Continues To Grow

This eye-catching artistic concept of public art installations is moving across Belgium and many people come from around the world to see these unique structures. The two Belgian architects who designed this project, Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, are eagerly working on similar projects that they hope will continue to amaze and delight sightseers.

About Katharine

Mixed media / textile artist and underground minister. and

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