Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (BE) - Colonnade
At Baron Ruzettepark, artistic and architectural duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh presents a pavilion that seems to be a cross between an impenetrable forest of trees and a Roman colonnade. While its mysterious and classical character invites you to enter, you will not find an empty space inside 'Colonnade'. Instead, you have to crawl and stoop to find your way through a hundred columns running diagonally across one another, which together produce a space resembling a labyrinth. As you go deeper into this dark forest of columns, you may be confronted with a feeling of fear or disorientation. After you have been forced back on yourself, you emerge from the pavilion purified, possibly enriched with a new sense of perspective. Each visitor's physical experience of the journey through the pavilion will be uniquely subjective.
Gijs Van Vaerenbergh is the art and architectural practice belonging to Pieterjan Gijs (°1983, Leuven) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (°1983, Leuven), both of whom live and work in Leuven. The collective, which was formed in 2007, successfully overcomes, extends and breaks boundaries in their discipline with architectural projects, artistic interventions, installations and sculptures. Their aim in doing so is to give the spectator a disconcerting experience.
> This installation is open 24/7.