Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. Reading Between the Lines, 2011

September 26, 2011 by Z33

Architectural artwork ‘Reading Between the Lines’ by design office Gijs Van Vaerenbergh was built within the scope of the art in public space project Pit – Art in Public Space in Borgloon-Heers by Z33 House for Contemporary Art in 2011. Made of thin layers of steel, the church is also known as the ‘See-through Church.’

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Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Belgian architect duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh built a see-through church for Borgloon, Belgium, as a part of Pit – Art in Public Space in Borgloon-Heers, a public space art project organized by Z33 House for Contemporary Art in 2011.

‘Reading Between the Lines’ reaches 10 metres in height and consists of 100 stacked layers of steel plate in the shape of a church of Loon. The 30-ton construction enables the landscape to be seen through the church, both from far and up-close. The church is both present, but also absent in the landscape – there as a vague shadow, but also suggesting absence of a church.

The artwork is located in an agricultural area along a walking path and is only accessible by foot or bicycle. Download a map (pdf).

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Reading Between the Lines, 2011. Z33 Production. Photo Kristof Vrancken.

FILM

Reading Between the Lines by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, 2011. Construction.
Duration 00:01:34. © Z33.

BIO – Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Pieterjan Gijs (1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (1983) both studied architecture and work together under the name Gijs Van Vaerenberg (Belgium) in a multidisciplinary practice with a strong focus on the public space.
www.gijsvanvaerenbergh.com

ART IN PUBLIC SPACE
Pit – Art in Public Space in Borgloon-Heers
September 2011–ongoing
A project by Z33 House for Contemporary Art and City of Borgloon
Borgloon, Belgium
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