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Reading Between the Lines

On September 24th, 2011 Gijs Van Vaerenbergh revealed a construction in the rural landscape of Borgloon (Limburg, Belgium) that’s based on the design of the local church. This construction consists of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, and is built on a fundament of armed concrete. Through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art.

Reading between the Lines can be read as a reflection on architectural themes such as scale, the ground plan etc., but the project also emphatically transcends the strictly architectural. After all, the church does not have a well-defined function and focuses on visual experience in itself (one could even consider it to be a line drawing in space). At the same time, the construction demonstrates that this experience is in effect a consequence of the design, since it explicitly refers to the various stages in its conception: the design drawing, the model… Apart from that, because the church does not fulfil its classical function, it can be read as a heritage related reflection on the present vacancy of churches in the area (and their potential artistic reuse).

Reading between the Lines is part of ‘pit’, an artistic trajectory with works by some ten artists in the region of Borgloon-Heers (in the Flemish province of Limburg). ‘Pit’ will be the first part of the exhibition project Z-OUT, an initiative in which Z33, the contemporary art museum of the city of Hasselt, presents art in public space (see also


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Comments (17)

~Marlene~ on July 12, 2012

Quite fascinating & lovely, Erik! Thanks for sharing... Like

Greetings, Marlene

Polifemo ( * ) on July 12, 2012 se imagina que la visión de ciertos bichos pudiera ser así!!!

Erik van den Ham on July 12, 2012

Thanks Marlene there is a piece of landscape for everyone .....

Debe ser una casa de locos .....

Greetings, Saludos, Erik

bdeh on July 12, 2012

Wat leuk Erik. Groeten Berend

© Bear on July 12, 2012

Heel mooi gedaan Erik, like

Nadia Kushnir on July 12, 2012


cjlin on July 13, 2012

From every pieces to read the whole story. YSL. cjlin

Erik van den Ham on July 13, 2012

Een grappig beeld onstaat zo door de lagen van de kerk. Dank Berend* en Jasper voor jullie fijne commentaren.

Thanks Nadia and cjlin there is apart of landscape for everyone..... Thanks a lot for the YSL!

Groeten, Greetings, Erik

other1_f on July 13, 2012

one single word: amazing!!

and it works for the project, but as well for the fotographer!


have a nice weekend


M.Kranenborg-Torn on July 14, 2012

Erg leuk Erik, like.

Groetjes van Greetje

Rafael (Retrocool) on July 14, 2012

This is quite beautiful and for me a bit serene

Erik van den Ham on July 14, 2012

Thanks Elena and Rafael for your kind word and appreciation. I feel honored you place this one at your fav's Elena!

Een leuk kunstproject en leuke uitwerking is het niet Greetje?

Greetings, Groetjes, Erik

M.Kranenborg-Torn on July 14, 2012

Alsof je door een voile kijkt....

Wij zijn hier in Lopik zo'n beeetje weggespoeld....

Groetjes van Greetje

Chris10 © on July 14, 2012

Vooral door de rondingen aan beide zijden wordt het een heel gave foto Erik. Zo mooi ook het landschap er achter en gelukkig scheen daar de zon, zodat het erg helder overkomt.

Daag, Christien.

MF(Meditation Falcon… on July 17, 2012

Nice frame and perspective, Like! Thanks for visiting my gallery and nice comments. Best regards from Taiwan.

roberto@plusTS on July 22, 2012


Julien De Là Vegan Ⓥ on May 12, 2013

Original shot!Like a lot & favourite
Greetings from Belgium

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